So that's it then, we finish the season outside the top 4 for the first time since 1996. It's an odd feeling, especially as we finish the season with more points than last season. Ultimately though, this has been coming for a good while We've ridden our luck an awful lot at times over the years to finish in that coverted top 4 place. Our luck had to eventually run out one day. Typically had to be the same season Spurs finish above us in 22 years, but in all honesty, I think we'd have been pretty undeserving if we'd fluked another top 4.
Sure, great comeback in the final 4 weeks but we left ourselves with such a mountain to climb, it would've been nuts to pulled that off from nowhere. But the team can only have themselves to blame. Their efforts and performances since Christmas were absolutely horrednous. The lack of effort and how things spiralled downhill around March early April were unbelieveable. In a season with such bitterness towards Wenger, the board and even the players, this season had a very distinct bitter taste in it's mouth. And fluking 4th would've badly papered things over.
I really hope now we can win this FA Cup and salvage some pride from this season, but that's going to be made tougher without Kos. It's been a season of some truly hard knocks for the club. We have to play Europa League. It's not ideal at all, but it is, what it is. We've been very fortunate to be about the only club that's got away with not playing this competition for so long. And in some regards, it'll be a bit of a refreshing change to have to go into next season with a different outlook for a change. Going into a different competition, and trying to get back into top 4.
I don't know what this will mean for the future of Wenger, although he'll probably stay. But I really hope the players understand that things have got to be vaslly better next season, and to have a bad season like this, can sometimes improve the situation going forwards.
Whatever happens next season and whoever's in charge, we've now got to deal with the situation we've put ourselves in, get behind and begin the rebuild process to try and get this club back to where it needs to be.
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