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Exclusive: Ex-PL star piles pressure on Arsenal boss Arteta

Former Premier League star Dean Windass believes Mikel Arteta faces a season filled with questions after a poor campaign at Arsenal.

The Gunners boss guided the club to an eighth-placed finish, meaning they will spend next season with no European football.

In total, Arsenal took 61 points from their 38 games and ended the campaign six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

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While they did win all of their final five games in the league, Arteta’s side ultimately paid the price for a poor start, as they won just four of their opening 14 matches, losing eight.

Arsenal also failed in cup competitions, being knocked out of the FA Cup by Southampton in the fourth round, and by Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup. Villarreal, managed by former boss Unai Emery, knocked Arsenal out in the semi-finals of the Europa League en route to winning the competition, beating Manchester United on penalties in the final.

Windass believes that the Spaniard will subsequently be under severe pressure next season as he looks to right the ship and guide the Gunners back into Europe.

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, the former Hull City ace said: “Arsenal have underachieved, so the manager is going to be massively under pressure next year for Arsenal and you don’t know what you’re going to get with Arsenal.

“Next year there’ll be a massive question on everybody’s lips, is he good enough to take Arsenal to the next level? Only time will tell.”

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