MIKEL ARTETA’s scathing rant about his side’s “underachieving” campaign only seems fair as Arsenal ended the term with their lowest points total since 1995.
Even as the Gunners held onto a 3-2 lead against relegation scrappers Watford – it still wasn’t good enough for the ambitious Spaniard who replaced sacked Unai Emery in December.
At the first drinks break the North London stars stood with their tails between their legs as Arteta let rip, with his arms flailing about the place – even though his side were already two goals ahead.
The Gunners simply had nothing left to play for in the league and Arteta made no secret of his disappointment – even though they can still clinch a Europa League spot and a trophy should they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
The Spanish manager’s dismay may reflect growing concerns over Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s future – after he once again proved he is irreplaceable.
He struck the first blow against the Hornets from the spot on five minutes and acrobatically netted his second with a slick bicycle kick.
The lethal marksman did his absolute best to close the gap on Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy, underlining his sheer class as the North Londoners most valuable asset.
It is no secret Auba has become disillusioned with the lack of success at Arsenal and wants to move to a club where he has more chance of winning trophies.
So a trip to Wembley could be make or break for the Gabon golden boy, who is still yet to commit his future to the Emirates with a year left on his deal.
His masterclass over Watford once again put him on the radar of Europe’s finest, as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG wait tentatively in the wings.
And it is unknown whether the cash-strapped North Londoners will have enough in the piggybank to tie Auba down if they fail to nab FA Cup glory and a spot in the Europa League.