There has no doubt been an improvement in the way that Arsenal have been playing this season. However, finishing in fifth place, it just shows how much work still needs to be done in order for the north London club to compete with the top clubs in the Premier League.
Despite all the talk about their fifth-place finish, Unai Emery has managed to get his side a spot in the Europa League final, which is no easy task, especially with what the Spaniard has at his disposal. Despite doing well in Europe, there will be intense chats between Emery, his staff and the players to evaluate issues and where the club can improve.
Here’s a couple we feel the Spaniard will bring up to the board and his staff.
Defence needed to be strengthened in January
After signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos last summer, there were still major problems within the Gunners’ defence come the January window. Bearing that in mind, it is unclear as to why we didn’t see any new faces join Arsenal heading into the second half of the campaign. It was certainly something that Emery should have demanded, especially after seeing the performances of some players like Shkodran Mustafi.
It will be seen as imperative by the Arsenal fans that Emery manages to bring in another defender to ensure that the backline is a lot more solid come the start of next season.
No quality squad depth
Similar to the defensive issue, Emery found himself with very little to bring on from the bench throughout the entirety of this term, unless he benched one of his usual starters.
Indeed, this had to be something that the board looked at in January, it had a serious effect on the way the team played towards the end of the season, especially after the away games in the Europa League.
There has to be some serious changes within the squad come the next campaign, and Emery must ensure that he has a big enough squad to compete over the course of 38 plus games.
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