Former Arsenal star William Gallas believes Mikel Arteta and Arsenal could have a bad run if the Gunners fail to qualify for the Champions League at the end of this season. The North Londoners were on pole position to finish fourth last season but fell short and eventually finished fifth.
Although they were in and around the top six during the 2021/22 season, many fans and critics expected Arsenal to finish fourth with the Gunners in pole position for the place. However, a sharp blow towards the end of the season combined with Tottenham’s prosperity under Antonio Conte saw Spurs overtake their intercity rivals and finish fourth instead. This meant that while Arsenal were playing European soccer again, it was not in the competition that they wanted.
However, despite this, the club again spent big this summer and signed Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus and a few others during the window. In light of this, William Gallas believes that if Arsenal don’t finish in a Champions League position at the end of this season, then Mikel Arteta could be in trouble. Not only that, Gallas added that Arteta had the players he wanted as well as the squad so had to make sure they caught up.
“Of course he will be in trouble. Arteta was asked to be in the top four and he didn’t make it last season. If Arsenal don’t play in the Champions League next season it would cause a lot of drama. They have to have a great season, maybe win the Premier League, but definitely qualify for the Champions League,” Gallas said, Goal reported.
“They just bought new players, it’s in the hands of Arteta and the players. It will be a big problem for all of them if they don’t do their job to qualify for the Champions League.”
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