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Arsenal conclude a disappointing season

Arsenal lost to Chelsea in the Europa League Final and will not play in the Champions League for the third straight year.

The Gunners finish 5th in the Premier League and need to get better over the summer to play a role in a very competitive League. 

Coach Emery on the loss

We were closer to achieving our target but we lost one or two points to teams like Tottenham and Chelsea. The other way was the Europa League. We tried and worked hard and we played against Chelsea in the final. Today, congratulations to them. They are now better than us. In the first half we had some possibilities and we didn’t take a lot of chances to score. We didn’t concede many chances to them, but for one big save from Petr Cech.

In the second half, the idea was the same. We wanted to take our moment for the possibility to have the efficiency to score, but they scored the first goal. The first goal was very important in this match because after we needed to play with calmness, but we made mistakes and they have very good players with the efficiency to score. We had the possibility to be in the match but they scored the second goal and after it was more difficult.

Next year is a big challenge to take another step in our way, with our young players and the spirit. We are really disappointed today but in general we made a new step in improving and being competitive. We made one more step than last year.

On the transfer window

I think Arsenal is a big name in the world of football. A lot of players want to play here. We are in one process and we need, in this process, to be strong in our idea, to be strong in our way. It’s the reason we started this season. The idea was to get more competitive like a team, be closer to other teams, and we did that.

At the moment, it’s not enough for our target, but the next week and next year that idea will continue in our minds. I don’t know our targets for next year, but the club is working to improve and do everything in our way. We have a lot of players who have the possibility to improve and grow up with us. 

To do one step more and I think the next year, a lot of players who played this year – the first time with us – can be better and can get more performance for us.