Conte's mentality monsters finished us off let's be honest, then Conte finished Arteta in the presser. It's not a W I take happily but the story of A-M remains the same.
Oh they had something to play for tonight, and they achieved their goal of stopping us getting CL football. They played out of their skins tonight, much like Palace the other day, so credit to them.
We couldnt cope with their pressing today and we pay for it with CL qualification. It hurts to lose it to Sp**s of course.
But overall I think we gave it our best, considering all our limitations and the risks we took this season.
We now need to be smart in the market. Don't break the bank for players like Tielemans ffs.Just about deserves to keep his job for finishing in the top 6. I know people will say we overachieved given where we were at the start of the season, but it is much easier to perform when you have a week between games and no European football.
For me, we have to spend big this summer and get a couple of proven goal scorers in early (Tammy and Jesus). Our business needs to be done early, we cant start the season again with a 9 point deficit. All business done, with adequate preseason, before the first game of the window.
No renewing of unreliable players like Elneny and Nketiah. Sick notes like Tierney, Tomiyasu and Partey need to have reliable competition. The downgrade from Tierney to Tavares and Partey to Elneny is disgraceful for a club with top four ambitions.
He needs to be on course for a top four finish by the end of September, or he should be sacked and replaced with a manger with experience... We should've got Conte last summer anyway but I digress.
Last point, we had a real chance to get Top Four in Jan and sold our best striker and brought in no one! Absurd decision from Edu and Arteta. Ironically we probably make it this year if we sign Guimaraes and keep Aubameyang. Edu and Arteta need to be under serious pressure this summer
Hasn't Arteta been "ruthless" since he has been here?Elneny, Pepe, Cedric, Nuno,
We now need to be smart in the market. Don't break the bank for players like Tielemans ffs.
Tomi, Partey and Tierney definitely can't be relied upon. Hickey isn't an upgrade on Tierney. Molina is different to Tomi and if we extend Elneny to back up Partey then I am out.
We need to be ruthless and recruit properly. Recruit so we have a squad that can compete in both top 4 and Europa. Otherwise we will be in the position of going deep in the Europa, prioritising it over the league and then meeting a top team in the semis.