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Arteta: We must be critical of ourselves

 

Mikel Arteta admitted he and his Arsenal players must be critical of themselves after they finished the season in eighth place and failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years.

The Gunners appeared to be on track for Europa Conference League qualification after Nicolas Pepe’s double helped them on their way to a 2-0 win over Brighton, but Tottenham pipped them to seventh spot with their late 4-2 win over Leicester

“Disappointed because we are not in Europe,” Arteta said in his post-match press conference.

“We made progress last year in terms of points. Sixty-one points last year would have taken us to fifth but it shows the way the league is developing and the level we need to get to.”

He added: “It wasn’t in our hands. We tried to do our best and won the last five games but it wasn’t enough.

“We made progress last year in terms of points. Sixty-one points last year would have taken us to fifth but it shows the way the league is developing and the level we need to get to.”

He added: “It wasn’t in our hands. We tried to do our best and won the last five games but it wasn’t enough.

“This club deserves to be delivered trophies and the Champions League, but we haven’t managed to do that under very challenging circumstances.

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