The worst decision Mikel Arteta has ever made

It was a night filled with gloom and doom for Arsenal Football Club, as they drew 0-0 with Villarreal in the second leg of their Europa League Semi-Final, losing the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Arsenal v Villarreal - UEFA Europa League - Semi Final - Second Leg - Emirates Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Thursday May 6, 2021.Copyright: John Walton
Arsenal v Villarreal – UEFA Europa League – Semi Final – Second Leg – Emirates Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Thursday May 6, 2021.Copyright: John Walton

Stephen Bradley analyses just what went wrong for The Gunners, starting with Mikel Arteta’s curious decision to line up in yet another untested formation, how Granit Xhaka’s pre-match injury put a massive wrench in Arteta’s plans, and Stephen almost loses his mind over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s substitution late on.

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