Arsenal Season Review
We asses the recently concluded 2017/18 season for the three times Premier League champions Arsenal. There are more negatives than positives to be taken from the 2017/18 campaign where Arsenal failed to make any positive progress. Our review sees significant points from the season under the spotlight
● ‘Wenger Out’ :
Perhaps the biggest story from Arsenal this season came out when Arsene Wenger announced that he will step down as the manager after 22 years at the club. This follows a poor string of results and failure to win the league in 14 years, the news came as a surprise to many but perhaps music to the ears of the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade. The team faces a possible major overhaul next season with incoming new manager setting a new lease of life at the Emirates Stadium.
● No Champions League football……Again!
Arsenal failed to secure a top four place finish for the second time consecutively in Premier League after finishing in sixth position of the table this time with 64 points, 36 points behind champions Manchester City, 6 points behind 5th placed Chelsea and 10 points behind 4th placed Liverpool!
● No Trophy :
You’d have thought at the beginning of the season that Arsenal would domestically perform well without the pressure of Champions League football which used to be presented as one of the excuses for their dull performances in recent seasons. Reaching the League Cup final was the furthest the Gunners of London could go in all Cup competitions after losing 3-0 to Manchester City in February. They got knocked out by eventual champions Atletico de Madrid in UEFA Europa League as well which ensured that Wenger would have to end his regime at London without a European silverware, something he also regretted in the press-conference. This season will be one where there is practically nothing positive to be excerpted.
● Signings :
Despite losing Alexis Sanchez and target man Giroud to direct rivals, Arsenal made a few good additions to the squad in January by bringing Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan who among other key members of the team like Ozil (who extended his contract by the way) will be fundamental in the new project as the new manager will be looking to build a strong team around them. Promoted youngster Maitland-Niles also impressed. But if Arsenal has to improve and give title-shot in the upcoming seasons, then the new manager has to show bit more practicality in the transfer-market than shown by the club in recent seasons.
● Awful Away Record:
Arsenal only managed to collect 3 points playing away from home in 2018 that to came at the last game of the season. It speaks volumes of their underachievement this season.
● Different Season Same Old Problems:
The persisting problems are still not addressed and this could be seen from their shaky defence that commits a lot of defensive errors and lack of reliable central midfielder who gives the team backbone. All of these areas will be needed to be addressed going forward if Arsenal are to pose a real title challenge.
● Overall Season Rating:4/10
One campaign to forget for everyone involved at Arsenal
● Writer’s Take:
A mediocre season for the North London club but not all hope is gone. Next season will bring new manager with fresh ideas, new players and new memories. Arsenal’s 2018/19 prospects of the season will be the same as the start of every other season which the target will be to win the title but to achieve that they will have to beef up the squad strength and depth.