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Mikel Arteta is under pressure after Arsenal’s Europa League exit

Mikel Arteta cut a dejected figure after Arsenal’s Europa League defeat to Villarreal, which increased the pressure the Spaniard is facing over his job.

The inexperienced boss has very few people he can turn to for counsel at the Gunners, with technical director Edu similarly in his first major role at a European club.

Arteta is close to former mentor Pep Guardiola, but cannot turn to the Manchester City boss over the day-to-day running of the Gunners.

The soon-to-be director of football administration is an expert in sports law and football administration, having enjoyed similar roles at both the Premier League and West Brom over the past decade.

He will work closely with Arteta and Edu and try and fix the issues that have stretched the duo so thin this season, allowing them to focus on on-pitch matters.

Whilst Garlick will not fix all of the Gunners’ problems, particularly Arteta’s tactical naivety at times, he will provide a sounding board and a shield to the football side of things.

Leno replacement eyed

The Metro report that Arsenal are eyeing a move for Andre Onana at Ajax as a potential replacement for Bernd Leno.

Arsenal are keen to address their goalkeeping situation this summer and the Ajax keeper could be a potential option, with the Gunners having had a long-held interest in him.

Yet any decision over Onana will be delayed until the summer as the 25-year-old fights a 12-month suspension from UEFA.

Onana was found to have the banned substance Furosemide in a urine sample but he claims this was due to accidentally taking medicine prescribed to his wife.

His appeal is set to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in June.

Cost of Gunners’ Europa League failure

While Arsenal were only denied €4.5m in prize money for failing to beat Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final, the club are left counting the cost of their poor performance.

The Gunners would have stood to make a minimum of €40m if they had won the competition and qualified for the Champions League, which would have grown substantially had they then progressed through the competition next season.

Based on this year’s figures, a further €30m would have been earned from UEFA’s broadcasting market pool, along with matchday income from a minimum of three home games and €2.7m for every win in the competition.

That guaranteed income would have helped the Gunners strengthen their squad for next season.

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