The Gunners crashed out of the Europa League with a whimper, a result that virtually ended their hopes of qualifying for European football next season.
It is understood the Arsenal hierarchy are not convinced that an immediate change in their managerial position is necessary, with the unusual circumstances of this Covid hit season providing some mitigation.
Mikel Arteta’s position as Arsenal manager isn’t immediately under threat despite their exit from the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night
The Gunners’ players react with dismay after their elimination to Villarreal at the Emirates
But the Gunners board are said to be disappointed at the way the club’s season has developed during Arteta’s first full campaign in charge and want to see significant improvements from the start of next term.
The pressure from inside the Emirates is building following the semi-final exit to Villarreal – who are managed by Arteta’s successor Unai Emery – with the Spaniard now running out of time to convince the hierarchy he is the man to lead Arsenal forward in the long-term.
If, as expected, Arteta survives the summer, a poor opening to the 2021-22 campaign will leave Arteta’s role in serious jeopardy.
Arteta is set to be in charge at Arsenal by August despite a disappointing season at the club
Arsenal are highly unlikely to be in European competition next season after Thursday’s loss
The Kroenkes will make funds available this summer, but there is an acknowledgement that having no European football at all next season will provide a major blow to their recruitment plans.
The expectancy is Arteta will have the opportunity to start the season with a refreshed squad, which will also include a number of outgoings.
But the Spaniard will head into next season with his position under scrutiny.