A Europa League Final win over Chelsea and Champions League qualification would have signaled a successful season for Arsenal, but it wasn’t to be. The Gunners were left with a 5th place finish in the Premier League, no silverware, and no Champions League football once again.
Emery has much to prove in the coming campaign, but does he have enough to galvanise his squad and set them on course for a Champions League return?
5th. The first season of the post-Wenger era was always going to be a struggle.
Opening week defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea aside, Arsenal enjoyed a terrific 14-game unbeaten run into December but the pressure dropped over the winter months and the Gunners returned to an all too familiar pattern of inconsistency.
Four defeats in seven games to end the season left Arsenal fans seething as they missed out on Champions League football by one point, finishing just behind Tottenham.
As mentioned, the competition for the final top four spot is likely to be incredibly close, but it won’t necessarily be a high quality shoot-out.
As a Mesut Ozil-shaped hole in their wage budget and Mustafi till remains in the squad, but they may still be able to score their way into the Champions League reckoning.
In Aubameyang and Lacazette they have genuine class among their forward ranks, both capable of picking out match-winners and putting any team to the sword when in full flow.
Their points tally may not rise greatly, if at all, but Arsenal have a deadly touch that Chelsea and United may lack in the hunt for the top four.
Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe are four very talented young players knocking on the door. We expect something magical from them.
- William Saliba – £27,000,000
- Nicolas Pepe – £72,000,000
- Gabriel Martinelli – £6,000,000
- Dani Ceballos – on loan from Real Madrid
- Stephan Lichsteiner – Released
- Aaron Ramsey – Released
- Petr Cech – Retired
Predicated League Finish
4th may be. But they have to try to their ass-off to secure this position.
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