Arsenal had a poor season by their standards, with the club finishing eighth in the Premier League and missing out on European football for the first time in 25 years.
The boo-boys will release that is something that Arsene Wenger or Unai Emery did not even fail to do during their time at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium throughout their history, however not all is lost.
Whilst the fact that not having to play European football on a Thursday night will be disappointing, it might actually be a blessing in disguise for the north London club. Of course, financially it could be a disaster, but in regards to getting performances right on the pitch and building some form in the Premier League, there might be no better remedy.
Arsenal have actually shown some form when it comes down to playing in the Premier League, as well. Over the second half of the season, they were able to catapult them back into contention of achieving European football; something that looked incredibly unlikely at Christmas after the Gunners were handed eight defeats in their first 14 matches Indeed, that luck prior to Xmas would not have had those playing at nzcasinogames.com full of confidence about the club’s chances of finishing where they eventually did.
Mikel Arteta recognised that his side had two seasons within one last year and has called for his players to remain consistent next year after he claimed that they were “the second or third best team in the Premier League” after December.
“I think we had two seasons in the Premier League, one before December and one after where I think we are the second or third best team in the league,” Arteta said after Sunday’s win over Brighton.
“That’s the level that we can hit, we have done enough for six months and my first six months when I took charge as well they were very positive but now we need to do it for a year.
“I think we have to improve, me first, and let’s see what we can achieve.”
Initially, the comments that Arteta appeared to make certainly look a little far-fetched, but when the statistics are taking into account, it is evident that he was not as far off the mark as it first appeared.
A form table of all matches that were placed in 2021 in the Premier League actually show that the Gunners were the fifth-best team in the division as they managed to acquire 38 points from their 21 matches played.
However, it was not enough to secure them Europa League football, something Arteta is disappointed with, although he suggested that the league has become even tougher as the points tallies are incredibly different from a year ago.
“It is really sad, because last year – if you had 61 points you were fifth, and now you are eighth,” he said.
“That is the step this league has taken, so we miss out, we gave it a go up until the last minute. We have improved a lot from last season but not enough.”