The 2018/19 season was cruel to Arsenal. They finished the Premier League in fifth place and then they suffered a 4–1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Europa League final.
To compound the misery, the drubbing by Chelsea meant the Gunners wouldn’t be playing in the 2019/20 season’s Champions League.
Qualifying for next season’s Champion League is the team’s priority now, but the question is, should they focus on winning the Europa League or achieving an automatic qualifying position in the Premier League?
A difficult 2018/19 season
Last season was Arsenal’s first one under Unai Emery. It was never going to be easy. Arsene Wenger’s departure left a big hole.
The new gaffer showed promise, though, and gave Arsenal fans hope of future Champions League action by taking them to the Europa League final.
Still, many will feel the team bungled the season. Spurs lost eight games during 2019, gifting the Gunners opportunities to move into the top four of the table and stay there.
Despite a strong striking partnership between the club’s £56 million, record signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and French international Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal didn’t look like placing their hands on any Premier League silverware.
All hopes were on Europe, where they looked much more promising, but it wasn’t to be.
Believing they can win the Premier League
The Gunners made a strong start to the season, with wins against Burnley and Newcastle, and there is belief on the team they could challenge for the Premier League title.
At present, they sit fifth in the table – just missing out of a Group Stage qualifying spot — but there’s a long way to go yet. They’ll have to fight harder to secure themselves into the Champions League.
Will they succeed?
If you’re struggling to answer, you can always check out a few football tips from the experts, but right now, Arsenal look as if they’re already letting Champions League qualification slip away from them looking at the current Premier League position. While they are only 2-points away from Chelsea, Crystal Palace is right behind them with only 1-point difference.
They also have some hard work to do in the Europa League, but if they can keep up the standards shown in their clash with Standard Liege, Arsenal will be in a good position to have an another attempt at taking the Europa trophy.
Only Emery knows whether Arsenal will focus on the Premier League or the Europa League, but they’re up in the top five, so the impartial observer may likely suggest they focus on pushing there. The Gunners certainly have the capability to do so.