Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown branded Arsenal’s Europa League semifinal exit against Spanish club Villarreal on Thursday as embarrassing, saying the players did not turn up.

Keown, who won three Premier League titles with Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, pointed the finger at manager Mikel Arteta saying he was out-thought by Unai Emery, the man he replaced in the Arsenal hot seat in 2019. With Arsenal languishing in ninth spot in the Premier League, it now faces the prospect of not being involved in European competition for the first time in 25 years.

“It’s a huge job at this football club. His (Mikel Arteta’s) inexperience has perhaps cost him,” Keown told BT Sport after the 0-0 draw at the empty Emirates Stadium which meant Arsenal went out 2-1 on aggregate.

“He’s still manager, but it felt this was the rescue package and his players didn’t turn up. He was…

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