We ended the season seven points better than last season, we ended the season one place better than last season and we ended the season with a Golden Boot winner and so on paper, there is a little progress.
However, we scored one goal less, conceded the same amount of goals and picked up just four points from a possible 15 in our last five games, so maybe progress is more subjective than we think.
Unai Emery did inherit a bit of a shambles from Arsene Wenger I must admit but even so, I did expect more and the end of season collapse does not sit well, that is what I expect from the likes of Tottenham, not us, though they did oblige with their own epic collapse.
The defence has not improved at all, not one tiny shred and that is a failure on Emery’s part.
The partnership up front between Lacazette and Aubameyang has clicked, it took a bit of time but they came together and to some extent that was despite Emery.
The midfield fell to pieces as the season progressed and Emery was unable to find a solution, that is definitely a worry.
Our away form has improved but there is no way we can be proud of that improvement because it was still rank poor and again, Emery failed to address that adequately.
We may well end the season with silverware and Champions League football but not because of our Premier League performance and that is our bread and butter and you cannot look much further than the manager for that situation.
The rotation policy of Emery became a joke, at one point it looked like he was doing it for the sake of doing it, his loyalty to certain players clearly out of form was simply weird, there is no other explanation.
There were some good times of course but that made the other results and end of season debacle even more mystifying.
I mean, how can you slap the shit out of Tottenham and Chelsea at the Emirates but fail to beat Brighton when it really really mattered?
Do I think Emery is the right man for the job? right this minute, yes.
He does need at least another season, it is not easy to transition to the Premier League but there cannot be any excuses next season.
I give Emery a rating of 5, not bad, not good, just average and it could have been, should have been, so much better.