Arsenal senior stars are ‘pointing finger at younger players’ for shocking run of results

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Arsenal’s senior players are reportedly blaming the younger players for their woeful season. Arsenal are set for a mid-table finish in the Premier League, heading into Sunday’s match at home to West Brom in 10th.

Mikel Arteta’s side were knocked out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage on Thursday, registering just one shot on target in the goalless second leg against Villarreal at the Emirates.

Arsenal were just one goal away from going through to the final, where they would have played Manchester United, with Villarreal winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Academy graduates such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have been shining lights for Arsenal this season.

Gabriel Martinelli has played less of a role after recovering from injury.

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But despite the form from the likes of Saka and Smith Rowe in particular, Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast says the word from the club is the older members of the squad are not happy with the performances of the youngsters.

“We are hearing at the Transfer Window podcast there is still a residue of bad attitude and certainly friction inside the dressing room,” McGarry said.

“Some players are dissatisfied, not just with results but the fact that they’re not playing well, and some of the more senior players are pointing the finger at the younger players for mistakes in their games and costing results as well.”

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has received plenty of criticism in particular for a below-par season in front of goal.

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Aubameyang has apologised to Arsenal supporters for the team’s performance against Villarreal.

“We struggled to find our rhythm in the first half and didn’t give Villarreal enough problems,” Aubameyang said.

“And when we had a chance, the luck wasn’t there for us, when I hit the post with the volley and then the header in the second half.

“I thought we started the second half with more energy and put them under pressure, but we just couldn’t maintain that drive and ultimately, we just didn’t find a way through Villarreal.

“I thought my header was in when it hit the post but it just wasn’t going to happen.

“Like I said, we are really upset about going out of the competition at this stage, for ourselves, for the club and most of all for you the supporters.

“It’s been such a difficult season for fans and we desperately wanted to give you something positive this season – I’m just so sorry we couldn’t do it for you.”

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