Arsenal set to back Mikel Arteta in transfer market – but results must improve

Mikel Arteta look set to remain at Arsenal beyond the end of the current season despite their torrid Premier League campaign and Europa League semi-final heartbreak.

The Spanish boss seemed despondent following the goalless draw against Villarreal that could see the club miss out on European competition next season for the first time since 1996.

While pressure has built on the former Manchester City coach with the club currently ninth in the league table, the owners look set to stick by their man.

In addition, recent fan protests could force them to pump more money into incoming transfers, with the clubs around them looking stronger than ever.

The Sun have reported that owner Stan Kroenke and technical director Edu ‘remain convinced’ that he is the right man to bring the club forward.

In addition, they report that Kroenke will sanction two or three big name signings this summer, which will been seen as a win to fans that protested against a lack of investment.

They add that if the team is in mid-table by the end of the calendar year – then Arteta could be replaced.

Arteta said this week: “What I felt last was a deep pain because the moment the club is in at the moment, with everything it has been through over the last months.

“I had a feeling that if we could take the team to the final, it could be a great turning point.

"I felt that responsibility and I was so eager to achieve that because I knew it could be a defining moment.

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  • "Not being able to achieve it, has been really tough personally obviously.

    "I know that we have disappointed a lot of people as well, and that really hurts because we want to give the best to everybody.

    "But one thing I made clear is that to do what we want to do, I have no doubts that we are going to achieve it. If not, I wouldn't be sat here."

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