From the start of this season in August, everyone knew this campaign was going to be a tough one for Arsenal.
With club icon Arsene Wenger leaving the Emirates, this season was always going to have the hallmarks of a transitional one as Arsenal move into a new era in the club’s history.
Unai Emery – who has gained a lot of acclaim around Europe in previous jobs – was chosen to take over as Arsenal’s new manager.
The Spaniard has had a mixed first season, with the Gunners finishing outside the Champions League qualification places in fifth.
But the saving grace has been their Europa League campaign, where they have beaten Napoli and Valencia in impressive wins on their route to the final on May 29th against Chelsea.
Here we will look at the five things we have learned watching Arsenal this season, looking ahead to the Europa League Final and into the summer.
Best striking duo in the world?
Arsenal striking duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have both had great seasons.
They have scored a combined 50 goals in all competitions and it’s clear they love playing with each other.
The strikers are deadly together when they are in the mood and they will be looking to get even more goals next season. There was concerns about fitting them both into the same team, but now as a duo, they’re right up among the best in Europe.
Emery has had a good debut season (Just...)
It was going to very difficult for anyone taking over at Arsenal, but Emery has handled it quite well.
Despite some of the same old problems emerging defensively, Arsenal have progressed under Emery with the striking duo and new signings Sokratis, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi impressing to help the Gunners have a solid season.
Filling the void left by Ramsay will be difficult
There is no doubt that Aaron Ramsey will be a huge loss for Arsenal. He gives them something very different in an attacking sense that none of their other central midfielders offer.
Arsenal will likely have to spend big if they are going to bring in a similar midfielder to Ramsey, and that might be a tough ask for the Gunners.
Europa League final will define Arsenal's season
Arsenal’s biggest game of the season is still to come. The final with Chelsea will define both of their seasons.
There’s not just a trophy up for grabs, but Champions League qualification as well. A win for the Gunners will give the club a huge lift with recruitment this summer, but a loss would end the season on a very sour note.
More of the same recruitment please
Arsenal had a decent summer last season with recruitment, with Guendouzi and Torreira arguably impressing the most.
New additions are definitely needed though, with a winger and a defender being the necessities for Arsenal if they are going to move closer to challenging for a place in the top four.