For years upon years, we were told that any competent coach/manager could produce more out of these players than the ‘dinosaur’ Arsène Wenger. Fast forward a year, Arsenal failed to finish in the top four. It doesn’t matter that it was only by one point, the bottom line is Arsenal were not able to qualify for the Champions League through their Premier League finish.
4Why did Arsenal finish outside the top four?
Before he slithered his way to Milan, Ivan Gazidis made the monumental decision to hire Unai Emery as the man to take Arsenal into the new era. The Spaniard’s meticulous preparation and attention to detail were highlighted as factors that set him apart from the other candidates.
We were also told that the former PSG coach had a habit of spending hours upon end watching video footage of matchday opponents. That’s all nice and good but in reality, last season has been in essence a carbon copy of Wenger’s worst and last.
Despite having several chances to do otherwise, Arsenal finished outside the top four. four months ago, we all sat here and said Unai Emery’s team had the easiest run-in out of the top four competitors. So, what did his players do? Pick up 4 points out of a possible 18, with two of those games taking place the Emirates.
The reason top four status was so vital for Arsenal is due to their financial constraints. Without UCL football, Arsenal reportedly have a transfer budget of £45million. So far they’ve already missed out on Yannick carrasco because of those financial constraints and they might miss out on Kieran Tierney for the same reasons.