Europa League: Arteta says Arsenal season now has clarity

Europa League: Arteta says Arsenal season now has clarity

Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, said the club’s exit from the 2022/2023 Europa League has brought “clarity” to their season and the squad must now focus on their English Premier League title charge.

Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon drew 1-1 in London and finished 3-3 on aggregate in the tie before the Portuguese club advanced to the quarter-finals with a 5-3 penalty kicks shootout.

Arsenal has been eliminated from all three Cup competitions in which they have competed. They are, however, five points clear in the league and on course to win the first English title since 2004.

They have 11 games left to play, starting with the visit of Crystal Palace on Sunday.

On Arsenal’s website, Arteta said, “It’s a huge blow, but it brings clarity to the season. It’s 11 games to play for, 11 Premier League games, and a big final against Crystal Palace. The focus has to be there, the energy has to be there and learn from tonight.

“… we have to learn from it, but the best thing is now the reaction and show the same commitment, more quality and play better against Crystal Palace to beat them.”

He was dealt a double injury blow on Thursday when Takehiro Tomiyasu had to be substituted early on and fellow defender William Saliba limped off shortly after.

“Tomiyasu looks pretty serious, from his reaction straight away and what he said to me,” Arteta told reporters.

“Obviously, it’s very early and difficult to know. William, I don’t know. He had some discomfort and could not carry on. So, we had to take him off.”


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