Mikel Arteta admits his biggest regret as Arsenal fall another year behind main objective

Arsenal fans have had a difficult time accepting the club’s recent decline.
The north London club was a fixture in the UEFA Champions League throughout Arsene Wenger’s stint as manager.

The Gunners, on the other hand, have failed to qualify for the elite competition in each of their last five campaigns, and for the first time in 25 years, they are without any sort of European football.

Mikel Arteta, the current head coach, has supervised back-to-back eighth-placed Premier League results, but the Spaniard has conceded it is not good enough, claiming that it ‘hurts’ to see other English Premier League teams compete in the Champions League.

“It hurts a lot in the last few days to put TV on and see those teams there, and not see Arsenal there,” Arteta stated during his news conference before of Arsenal’s trip to Burnley. It was excruciatingly uncomfortable. Definitely 100 percent. I don’t want to be left out of those competitions with Arsenal.”

The Gunners are currently 16th in the Premier League, a far cry from what the former Manchester City assistant coach predicted when he told former Arsenal winger Willian just 13 months ago.

When he joined the team in August 2020, the Brazilian remarked, “When I chatted with the manager, he told me why he needed me for three years.”

“He wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I departed,” I explained. That’s exactly what I needed to hear.”

In just over a year, the north Londoners have severed their connections with Willian, amicably agreeing to terminate his contract last month before the former Chelsea forward joined Corinthians.

After securing their first league win of the season last weekend against newly promoted Norwich City, Arteta will be hopeful his team will soar up the table in the coming weeks.

With a win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, the Gunners gain some momentum against a team that the Spaniard has yet to defeat in his managing tenure.