Arsenal will spend a third consecutive season in the Europa League after their hopes of Champions League football were dashed by a swashbuckling Chelsea performance in the Europa League Final.
The Gunners were blown away 4-1 by the Blues and Unai Emery and his squad must have a serious re-think before next season, or Arsenal will likely once again fail to gain Champions League football.
Currently injured, Hector Bellerin has released a statement on Instagram summing up the season and how the squad intends to improve.
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It’s been a season with loads of learnings for everyone as a collective. The result was one which hurt us all. We’ll continue to work hard and get the club back to where it belongs. Thank you again for all the support this season. Ps, so proud of you my brother @ains_mn! #COYG
Bellerin has spent a large part of the season injured. He has been at Arsenal so long that this post seems genuine – he truly does want the best for the Arsenal fans.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is tagged in the post with Bellerin praising him, but in truth he was poor against Chelsea, getting caught out in position for the first goal and giving away a needless penalty.
Going forward, he looked dangerous but had no end product.
Arsenal will reflect on a disappointing season with much work needing to be done in the summer if the Gunners are to really push for the top four next year.
The only thing that could make Arsenal’s season worse is a Tottenham Champions League win on Saturday.