Arsenal manager Unai Emery has called for patience from Arsenal fans following the club’s disappointing 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final last night.
The Gunners boss doesn’t believe all of the good work done this season should be dismissed, despite a trophyless campaign and missing out on Champions League football:
“We knew it would be difficult, and we are in our process. I want to say to all the supporters we are in this process.”
“Really the first target has not been achieved this year, but I think we are closer, firstly in the Premier League, and second in this competition, playing the final.”
“Next year is a big challenge for us to take one more step on our way, in our will with the young players.”
“We are disappointed today, but in general, I think we made a new step improving and being competitive. We’ll have to take one more step next year.”
Fans on Twitter were not particularly sympathetic towards Emery, with many not seeing any real improvement since the departure of Arsene Wenger:
Sick of this rubbish 😩
— Kerry Gunner 🔰©️ (@KerryGunner) 30 May 2019
First of all, what is the “way”? Secondly with what budget? We not delusional. We deserve much more, a move to Emirates and we cant even play with heart in a European final where we have been so poor in our history.
— Tevan_Patrick (@TevanPatrick) 30 May 2019
Heard it all before
— JimzAFC (@JimzAFC1) 30 May 2019
This time, win a trophy or leave!!
We’ve had enough of this circle
— Bawest (@Maurice_Bawest) 30 May 2019
Can I have some of what he’s smokin?
— pardeep dhillon (@PD_1987uk) 30 May 2019
Agreed. We did take one more step backwards this year.
— Shiv Whorra (@shivwhorra) 30 May 2019
Some supporters do believe that the manager should be given this summer to make significant changes to the squad:
Unai is the right man for Arsenal and needs to his chance to build. Granted, the champions league would have made his build easier but I’ve still got a lot of faith for the man!
— ¤⊙¤ (@MrShibster) 30 May 2019
I’m willing to give him the summer and the signings better to be my liking (u23, big potential, straight into the first team) otherwise I’ll be the first one to be on his case when he get beat 4-0 away at OT on the first day of the new season.
— Sam (@SK_arsenal) 30 May 2019
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— Virtuoso (@myfootballtrial) 30 May 2019
I agree with him here. But we have to take another step next season. If he fails to qualify to CL next season he has to go.
— GunnerPole (@GunnerPole) 30 May 2019
Missing out on the Champions League does make it things difficult for Arsenal for two reasons. The finances from being in Europe’s premier competition would have helped increase the club’s transfer budget.
Secondly, the fact that they are not in the Champions League will make it much harder to attract the kind of players needed to improve the squad.