Arsenal‘s Europa League semi-final defeat to Unai Emery’s Villarreal ensured that they’ll be without silverware this season.
Not only that, but they’re facing the prospect of failing to qualify for European competition for the first time in over 25 years, something that their big-name Premier League rivals – including Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United – have had to deal with much more recently.
Winning the Europa League would have been a route back into the Champions League for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, which is impossible for them to achieve via a top-four finish in the Premier League. Not only that, but a top-six finish for Europe’s secondary competition also looks out of reach.
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