I should not have had to end up like that for Arsenal.
The gunmen should They have been able to secure their first top-four in three years. Your defense disappointing. should they stayed together long enough to beat the team more than one damn point in four critical games. The weirdos that make this team work. should They have roared in shape instead of farting and dying. But Arsenal never do what they should, and now their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through one of the top four places in the Premier League are dead.
But redemption is still possible. If Arsenal can somehow win the final of the European League against Chelsea in the dumbest version of the two European finals across England, they will secure a place in the Champions League in the first year of life after Arsène Wenger They have the opportunity to stabilize the club before a tumultuous summer and move towards the era of Unai Emery with a positive boost and the promise of top-notch competition. Or they could eat shit, lose and, once again, go through the Europa League next season. Nobody wants that, and the bets for the end of this month are as high as they could be for the Gunners.
It would be fair or even generous to describe this Arsenal campaign as hot and cold. After two initial losses in the league, Emery's men did not lose again for four months, defeating Tottenham and tying Liverpool in the process. New midfielder Lucas Torreira looked great, and the front-line duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang combined perfectly. Even during that successful spell, the unfortunate (and unfortunately accurate) consensus was that Arsenal was getting lucky, since the winning streak was riddled with late goals, lucky rebounds and a slow defense that the poor end and the solid arsenal rescued them. .
However, in the Premier League it is not the "how" but the "how many" that matter, and the arguable weakness of a good career in the league mattered less than the points on the board. Arsenal's 11 consecutive victories in all competitions from the end of August to the end of October was their best streak in 12 years. No team achieves anything without at least a little luck, and an optimist could have believed that Arsenal could keep everything together long enough to develop the confidence they placed in the run-up to the new year.
In contrast, Hector Bellerín's ACL became smoke and the defense went with him. Liverpool exposed the molbades leg duo of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi with a 5-1 beating at the end of December, and once Bellerin was ruled out for the season, Arsenal's ability to defend themselves in any kind of space died out . The bottom pit really fell in mid-April, just after Arsenal finished Day 31 in third place.
After dividing 1-0 with Watford and Everton, Arsenal began their brutal run that ruined the season. The next was a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace, then a 3-1 loss to Wolves, then a 3-0 loss to Leicester, and then a draw with Brighton. At the beginning of April, it seemed that Arsenal would resist a slow Tottenham and maybe catch Chelsea for third place. On reaching the last day of the season, Arsenal needs to win, the Spurs lose and the combined result of those two results is at least one goal of eight goals to beat the Spurs in fourth place by difference of goals It is not happening
However, in Europe, things have gone perfectly. Arsenal hired Unai Emery to replace Arsène Wenger, specifically because the previous history conquered the continental second-tier competition in Europe. His teams from Seville won three consecutive European titles, and he demonstrated his extraordinary ability to balance the ambitions of his squad on two fronts. Without the resources or the big names to compete credibly for a title or even really surpbad the rest of the EPL's big six in the top four, the Europa League seemed the safest way to return to the Champions League. . Suffice it to say that Arsenal took the competition seriously.
The Gunners defeated BATE Borisov, sneaked past Rennes, eliminated Napoli and then smoked Valencia 7-3 with two legs to reserve their ticket to the final, a season after falling in the semifinals. The party of yesterday 4-2 in the Mestalla was the Arsenal in its terrifying peak. Kevin Gameiro opened the scoring early, but the intelligent backlash and the ruthless finish of his strikers earned Arsenal a great victory. Aubameyang got the 'hat trick', ran around the Valencia defenders all night, and finally converted some of the many opportunities he had. Lacazette looked tremendous all night, both arming his partner and looking for his own offense. His goal was undoubtedly the best of the night.
But the screaming in BATE Borisov and even in Valencia is not a successful season. Arsenal did not replace Wenger after 65 years at the helm to finish fifth and secure more sludge from the Europa League. The mandate was always for Emery to guide Arsenal back to the Champions League. Although the Premier League campaign had its moments, it finally did not succeed. And so everything comes down to the final against Chelsea.
The two sides divide their head-to-head battle this season, and although Chelsea have almost achieved the Champions League by finishing fourth in the league, the Blues will do everything possible to secure a trophy. If Arsenal loses, they can not promise the Champions League football they want to sign this summer, and the first year of Emery's reign will become an interesting flop. That will not bode well for your immediate future or that of the team.
But if they win, the Gunners will be able to throw the future players in the most consecrated traditions of Arsenal, which is finishing second in the group stage of the UCL and then immediately lose 9-0 in the last 16. Impulse matters at this level, and Arsenal has a real possibility of generating something. And everything depends on a game.