Arsenal posts loss as Champions League absence felt


It came just moments after Youssef El-Arabi's victor for Olympiakos and just minutes after his own wonder strike looked to have won the game for Mikel Arteta's side and after the match he was pretty devastated.

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The third season without Champions League has impacted Arsenal, and they may sell players due to club's financial position, Arteta said.

Mikel Arteta admits a fourth consecutive season without Champions League football would significantly complicate Arsenal's attempts to renew the contracts of key players, suggesting a summer of hard decisions will lie ahead if they fall short once again.

HAVING BEEN knocked out of the Europa League by a late Olympiakos goal in extra time after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared to have secured his team's progress to the last 16 with an excellent overhead kick, Arsenal take on Portsmouth tonight in the FA Cup.

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"The structure of this club is built to be in the Champions League and you can sustain that for a year or two, but then after that you have to start making decisions".

The London side was recently booted out of the Europa League by Olympiacos, leaving them with just the FA Cup to fight for this season. "We will have to make decisions about players depending on the scenario we find ourselves in, whether we are in the Champions League, the Europa League or nowhere near either", he continued.

But it would have had been a different story had Aubameyang, Arsenal's leading goalscorer so far this season, been on target with another chance soon after El Arabi's effort. We've been in that situation because we haven't performed as well as the other top four clubs have been doing.

The Gunners boss added: "He felt very responsible about it, we will try to be right behind him".

"I think his reaction after the game - to face the media and the way he talked, it was a very mature reaction from him".