After an Inconsistent Season What Can We Expect From Arsenal This Summer?

What Can We Expect From Arsenal This Summer?

With their chances of making it into the Champion’s League next season resting solely on winning the Europa League final, Arsenal’s performance this season has led to many calling for massive changes at the club. This is all despite the fact that this is only Unai Emery’s first season in charge, coming in following the departure of Arsène Wenger, who left after a 22-year spell with the Gunners. Yet, given that Arsenal failed to break into the top 4 in the EPL, after a disappointing string of losses and draws, it is small wonder that fans are anticipating major changes Arthis summer. 

Upcoming Transfers

Although Arsenal only managed to secure Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan during the January transfer window, the club was being heavily linked to the likes of Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic. However, no deal came about as the club made it clear they were only willing to do loans deals and were in no position to offer permanent deals. Emery even confirmed this himself, stating that there was simply no money available. Whether this will still be the case this summer remains to be seen.

One transfer, however, has been pretty much decided: Aaron Ramsey to Juventus. 

The Welsh international’s contract with Arsenal is set to expire in the summer and despite the club’s best efforts to negotiate a new deal, the two parties could not come to a mutual agreement on his future. As a result, the midfielder is now set to swap North London for Turin in July. The free transfer will result in him becoming the second highest paid player at Juventus, behind Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Gearing Up for a Champions League Season?

After their 4-2 second leg victory over Valencia in the Europa League, Arsenal are going into the final on form. Considering that they failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League through the Premier League, The Guardian. notes that having the Europa League as an alternate route bodes well for the club. Although many have argued that Arsenal had the easiest run-in at the end of the season but they still failed to win matches against lower placed teams. In fact, a post by bwin Football News points out how their domestic campaign fizzled out after suffering a run of defeats last month. Additionally, a shock 1-1 draw to Brighton at the Emirates showed a despondent Arsenal, vulnerable and nervy, unable to exert control over the game.


Of course, with Arsenal having made it into the final, they now face Chelsea. The Blues are favourites to win the tournament, raising the stakes for this all-English final. Despite this, it is still worth remembering that the Gunners managed to beat the Blues 2-0 in their last meeting. And that alone is enough to provide the Gunners with enough confidence to really take the game to their London rivals. 

Pre-Season

Of course, with Arsenal having made it into the final, they now face Chelsea. The Blues are favourites to win the tournament, raising the stakes for this all-English final. Despite this, it is still worth remembering that the Gunners managed to beat the Blues 2-0 in their last meeting. And that alone is enough to provide the Gunners with enough confidence to really take the game to their London rivals. 

Pre-Season

For avid Gooners, the good news is that the International Champions Cup taking place during the summer months provides plenty of pre-season action. Last year’s edition saw the club register wins against PSG, where new manager Unai Emery was able to prove himself against his former club. This year’s edition looks to pit Arsenal against giants Real Madrid, giving fans another reason to look forward to the summer ahead. 

Next Season

All in all, there is still quite a bit in store for Arsenal once the season ends. With so much to look forward to, including the upcoming transfer window, it could well be a very different looking Arsenal come the start of next season. And a lot could hinge on whether they will be playing CL football or not.



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