The Premier League season is now officially in the books, and what a nine months it has been. We were all hoping that the EPL would be able to capitalise on England’s success in the World Cup, drawing more eyes to the top flight than ever before. It certainly feels like they accomplished that goal, with all twenty teams chipping in with some memorable moments along the way.
Ups and downs
Arsenal certainly had their fair share of moments, both good and bad. The goal was a top four finish and ultimately, Unai Emery failed during his first season in charge. It was always going to be a challenge and it was always going to be an uphill battle, but given how favourable the club’s run-in was with just a few short weeks remaining, it’s difficult not to be a little bit disappointed.
Of course, the 22-game unbeaten run (many of which were in the Premier League) was a welcome bonus early on in the season, but as you can tell, it didn’t really mean much when push came to shove. It was certainly enjoyable to see Arsenal go on a run like that when nobody thought they could, but will all too many fans remember that run in a positive manner in the years to come? Probably not.
Where do we go from here?
Aubameyang getting the Golden Boot was a nice memory to store away and there’s obviously the Europa League final to come, but we really do need to take a long, hard look at the away record. That’s one of the most significant problems that this club has at the minute, and it’s not even really that close. They’ve got to find a way to break down teams away from home, and not be afraid of going forward. That ‘vibe’ has been lingering ever since Arsene Wenger left the club, and it could continue to plague Emery’s run with the team.
It definitely feels like improvements have been made in some areas, though, and based on the Premier League alone, we’d give Unai Emery a 7/10. That might seem a little bit high but you have to remember that this is his first season in English football, and his first season with Arsenal Football Club as a whole. If he’s given the time to really build something special, then the future could look very bright.
What are your thoughts on Arsenal’s 2018/19 Premier League season?