Arsenal have had a Jekyll and Hyde season of highs and lows.
The Gunners lost their first three games of the season without scoring a single goal – for the first time in the club’s history – before beating Chelsea away and Manchester United at home.
However, after being in pole position to secure Champions League football, Mikel Arteta’s men crumbled under the pressure in the north London derby to hand top four to rivals Spurs.
While at the start of the season, most Gunners fans would have taken Europa League football, now it feels a huge disappointment to miss out on the Champions League.
So with Arteta looking to right the wrongs of the end of the campaign, LondonWorld has given the Arsenal gaffer three things he needs to improve.
Arsenal need to sign strikers – not just one but a couple.
The need for depth in attack is important given players’ form can vary throughout the season and burnout from a packed fixture list could cause problems.
The midfield could use strengthening too, and Raheem Sterling, Reuben Neves and Youri Tielemans have all been linked with a move to north London.
They all have individual quality that would boost Arsenal’s chances of competing with the best once more.
Solve the leadership issue
It’s long been the source of many a joke at the expense of Arsenal, but a true leader needs to lead the Gunners from the front.
Arteta, a fine leader as a player, really needs to get this in order.
Kieran Tierney would be the ideal choice given his natural leadership qualities, and he wore the armband against Brentford at the Emirates after Alexandre Lacazette was substituted.
Martin Odegaard also stepped in when the French striker wasn’t in the starting XI, but looked slightly overwhelmed in the games against Newcastle and Spurs.
Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale are both credible suggestions.
Plan for next season with Europe
Mikel Arteta needs to sit down with the backroom team and devise a clear plan for the 2022-23 season.
The Carabao Cup and the FA Cup must be the main priorities for the Arsenal boss and his side, who are hunting silverware.
A good showing in the Europa League, and who knows how far Arsenal can go, would also please the fans?
But the two domestic cups will be key to success in the long run for Arsenal.
If Arteta sticks with his game plan and development strategies for his team, cup success that could be the touch paper to spark Arsenal into life.
A generous transfer budget will make life a little bit easier, but this could be the season Arteta could turn a corner with the Gunners.