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Piers Morgan calls for Arteta’s head over ‘total disaster’ of a season in wake of dismal Europa League exit

PIERS MORGAN has questioned whether Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta ‘deserves to continue as manager’.

And the former Good Morning Britain host branded the Gunners’ performance last night as ‘humiliating’ and ‘utter crap’.

Arteta's Arsenal suffered a 'huge blow' last night


Arteta’s Arsenal suffered a ‘huge blow’ last nightCredit: Getty

Morgan, 56, is a devout Arsenal supporter.

But this season he has been left dismayed by his side’s lack of quality.

Like many Gooners, his last hopes were pinned on the Europa League, with Arsenal sitting all the way down in ninth in the Prem.

Trailing 2-1 from last week’s first leg, however, Arteta’s side produced yet another tepid display at Emirates Stadium – a venue at which they have now failed to win any of their last five.

The tame 0-0 draw sent the Gunners crashing out, and had Morgan turning to Twitter to vent his frustration.

First, upon hearing the final whistle, Morgan labelled his side’s outing as ‘utter crap’, before then turning his ire towards the young boss.

He wrote: “Why does Mikel Arteta deserve to continue as manager?

“This season has been a total disaster, we’re playing dreadful football, and we just got kicked out of Europe by the guy he replaced. Humiliating. #afc.”

The Gunners were left gutted


The Gunners were left guttedCredit: PA


Former manager Unai Emery will now aim to win his fourth Europa League title, as his Villarreal side take on Manchester United in the Gdansk final later this month.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will return to Premier League action, with hopes of European qualification looking slim.

Sitting ninth, the Gunners are five points behind seventh-placed Liverpool, who currently occupy the last European spot.

Arteta, 38, referred to the match as a ‘huge blow’.

He said: “We are devastated, really disappointed.

“We know how much the Europa League meant to the club and to the fans. It’s a huge blow. I feel the pressure all the time because I want to do as good as I can for the team.”

The Spaniard remains self-assured, but did admit: “I think everybody’s job is always under scrutiny.”

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Mikel Arteta admits his job is under threat after Arsenal are eliminated from the Europa League

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