Arsenal: Progress or a failure? Season review


The Gunners beat Everton on Sunday however were pipped to the final Champions League place by Tottenham after a late-season series of bad outcomes.

After having Champions League football within their grasp for so long, Arsenal's wait to go back to Europe's top-tier club competition will go on for a minimum of another year.

The dissatisfaction was apparent following Sunday's season ending against Everton, with Tottenham's 5-0 win at Norwich making Arsenal's 5-1 success against Everton at Emirates Stadium unimportant.

A run of 3 straight victories for Spurs at the end of the campaign ensured they took the final top-four place in the Premier League, with Arsenal left to rue their costly current defeats in the north London derby and at Newcastle.Arteta's side fell at the final difficulty, with injuries and possibly lack of experience taking their toll at the crucial moment.

" We did what we had to do," Arteta stated after Sunday's success, which saw Arsenal end up the season with 69 points, two points adrift of Spurs.

" We knew that it wasn't in our hands. We needed a wonder and it didn't happen, that's it." The league table at the end of the season doesn't lie.

" It's real that in 2015 with 67 points Chelsea entered into the Champions League and we have 69 and we run out it, however that's the level and the demands this league has now.".

It's tough to really evaluate Arsenal's season which is possibly why their fifth-placed finish has produced such argument.Many view it as a failure, while there are plenty who think there have actually been clear signs of development.

Ultimately, both sides of the debate have merit.Internally, the target for Arteta at the start of the season was clear. To get Arsenal back into Europe by protecting a top-six finish.

The club invested greatly during the summer transfer window, spending around ₤ 145 million ($ 182m). However that large expense was predominantly on young and unproven players.

It was cash invested in capacity, instead of tested quality.Many buffooned Arsenal's transfer business at the time, especially when they opened the season with three straight league defeats which saw them bottom of the table going into the first international break without having generated a single point or even scored a goal.

But as the new signings settled and were embedded into the beginning XI, Arsenal improved considerably and a real sense of optimism began to grow around North London.

Arteta has striven to rebuild a connection in between the team and fans which connection has actually become a growing number of apparent as the season has progressed.Even amid the disappointment of Sunday, the fans inside the Emirates produced a carnival type environment.

" They can see what we're doing," Arteta said after the game. "They can see what the players wish to do, how they represent the club and who we are as a team.".

Arteta's young side have actually given fans lots to take pleasure in during the past 10 months and a top-five place needs to be viewed as development after ending up eighth in each of the past two seasons.

Arsenal are back in Europe next season and they have actually done it with the youngest team in the Premier League.

They have also done it while overhauling their team and removing a number of big names on huge salaries, most notably Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who left in January.So there are many reasons Arsenal's season can be deemed a relatively effective one.

The club has actually slashed the wage expense, dramatically minimized the age of the team and the team established a connection with match-going fans that had been almost completely lost.

Arsenal have actually picked up more points this season and scored more goals, even though no striker found the net more than five times in the league.

And with the club set to invest big on 2 new forwards this summer, you would anticipate that is an area where things will enhance a lot more during the 2022-23 campaign.

" We will take the club to the next level," Arteta stated. "That is the ambition.

" In order to do that we have a very clear strategy again. It is obvious we require resources and we require to increase the quality and depth of the team.

" That will be the challenge.".

Despite the clear signs of enhancement since the start of the campaign, nevertheless, it's also really challenging not to likewise take a look at Arsenal's fifth-placed finish as an enormous failure.

Yes, no-one would have given them a possibility of making the top 4 when things began in August.But the fact is, with four games to go they were simply one win away from securing Champions League football once again.

They got themselves into a position where they had their fate in their own hands and they threw everything away best at the finish line.Arteta's side had lots choosing them this season.

They didn't have the diversion of European football to fret about. Tottenham started the season improperly and needed to change their manager. Leicester were well below par and Manchester United were a total disaster.

A great deal of things went in Arsenal's favour, however they could not capitalize.

The club likewise decided not to strengthen in the January transfer window. In fact they compromised their team, allowing several players to leave, consisting of Aubameyang.Meanwhile Tottenham signed Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, two players who have actually gone on to play a big part in their strong end to the campaign.

So in general, it's hard to truly specify Arsenal's season.When it began, a fifth-placed place would unquestionably be considered as success. However offered how it worked out and the position they put themselves in, it's plainly been a huge missed chance.Eventually, it might not be till completion of next season that Arsenal's 2021-22 campaign can be really defined.

If they go on and build on the foundations that have actually been put in place during the past 10 months then it could be reflected on as the duration that the project under Arteta really started to take shape.However if they have a hard time and fall even further behind their top-flight rivals, it will undoubtedly be kept in mind as the season they let their big possibility slip away.

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