Despite Arsenal’s dramatic 1-3 victory vs Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, this win was all in vain as West Ham United’s victory confirmed that the Hammers would finish Above Arsenal for the first time in Premier League history.
Late drama in Selhurst
Arsenal scored two goals in injury time to snatch the victory from Roy Hodgson in his final game in charge of his boyhood side Crystal Palace.
A Nico Pepe brace and Gabriel Martinelli effort cancelled out Christian Benteke’s header in the 62nd minute.
This Victory was Arsenals fourth in their previous five games and, ensured the three points returned to north London.
Young players shine through a poor season
Arsenal’s young players have remained a shining light throughout this season to forget. However, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli have given Gunners fans reason to smile and be optimistic for the future.
Despite their best efforts, the Arsenal Youngsters haven’t managed to push their side into the top European places but, next season, with logical investment and more chances given to the exceptional Hale End talents, Gunners fans have reason to be hopeful.
UEFA Conference League hopes
Arsenal can still qualify for the European Conference League if results go their way on the final matchday of the Premier League season.
The north London club would need Everton and rivals Tottenham to taste defeat on the final matchday of the season to qualify for the conference league.
Ever since the Gunners beat Chelsea 3-1 at Emirates Stadium on boxing day, they have performed to a much higher standard, winning some big ties and claiming three points away from home.
Mikel Arteta’s Achilles heal this season has been his home form as the Gunners have lost a number of important games in North London.
Arsenal also went through a tough period in the first half of the season where they struggled with injuries and key players not being on form.
If The Arsenal can maintain a level of consistency throughout the whole of next season, then, they should be destined for the UEFA Champions league spaces.
It is imperative that this summer’s business is productive, and Edu Gaspar brings suitable reinforcements for Mikel Arteta to bolster his squad.
As well as heavy investment, a lot of players will need to leave due to being on high wages and not fitting as part of the long term project.