The feeling of excitement is back at the Emirates for the first time in what feels like forever following the announcement of Unai Emery as Arsenal’s new manager. The former Sevilla and PSG boss has found great success elsewhere around Europe, and now, it’s time for him to try his hand in the Premier League. Still, while it’s nice to think about what’s to come in the next few months and possibly years, it’s equally as interesting to look back on what could’ve been from the 2017/18 campaign.
While it’s fair to say that the season was something of a failure for Arsenal, they actually came relatively close to capturing silverware in one or two different competitions. With that being said, Gunners fans themselves will probably tell you that they weren’t overly confident heading into those encounters – and you’re about to learn why.
Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City – League Cup Final
The League Cup isn’t considered to be a particularly important trophy, although it can serve as a nice confidence boost for some of the top sides while lower-level teams can use it as a potential route into Europe. When it came to this year’s final, however, it seemed as if nobody was really giving Arsenal much of a chance against Guardiola’s Manchester City side: and they were right to do so. The Gunners were embarrassed at Wembley by the eventual champions, proving once again that they’re a step below England’s elite.
Brighton 2-1 Arsenal – Premier League
The loss against Brighton & Hove Albion on March 4th was humiliating for all the obvious reasons, but beyond that, it was the final nail in the coffin of the Gunners’ push for the top four. The result meant that they were 13 points off of bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur with just nine games remaining, and while it wasn’t a statistical impossibility at that sage, it was still pretty clear to see that they weren’t going to be qualifying for the Champions League through their league position.
Atletico Madrid (2) 1-0 (1) Arsenal – Europa League Semi-Final
If you’re an Arsenal fan, then there’s a good chance that you believed the club were capable of winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League as a result. The tie against Atletico Madrid was always going to be a difficult one, but heading into the second leg, many supporters still had hope – until the game actually took place. Atletico frustrated Wenger’s side from start to finish, ensuring that the Frenchman would leave the club without a trophy in his final season.
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