Right now, as Arsenal approach the final games of the season, we find ourselves just outside the Top Four and in the semi-Finals of the Europa League. We desperately need to achieve one of those targets if we are going to play Champions League football next season, and it is hard to believe we will achieve either at this point in time.
But, to be fair, if you had told Arsenal fans last summer that we would still be in with a chance with three weeks to go, most fans would have bitten your hand off and be delighted, especially considering that it is Unai Emery’s first season in the EPL. So here we are, and Emery has announced that he has high hopes for Arsenal, but we cannot expect instant miracles (like so many Just Arsenal fans expect) and needs some time to reach great heights. “We want to get with this club to point where we the best club in England and the world,” he said. “But it is a long process. Sometimes, like today, we need to talk about patience.
“We want to play in the Champions League but also we know our process needs to be with patience because there are another five very strong teams with very good players and very big performances.
“The Premier League is the most difficult championship in all the world. There is not another country with this difficulty to take the top four places and play in the Champions League. Maybe now in Spain, they have something similar – Valencia are struggling for the top four also. But here the biggest teams in the world play in one championship.”
“We are playing a lot of matches.” Emery said. “Two competitions with less rest mentally and physically. But we want that. We want to be in these two competitions.”
Is Emery pleading for patience as he knows we have little chance of beating Leicester, and it is very likely that he will rotate again to save his best XI for the winnable game against Valencia. Perhaps he has given up on the Top Four and now pining all his hopes on the Europa League?
If we lose on both fronts, are Arsenal fans willing to be patient and look for further improvement next season?