At the beginning of the season, most pundits had us down finishing 7th or 8th.
These so-called experts had the likes of Everton, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Wolves and West Ham finishing ahead of us.
The club’s target was always 5th.
After losing the first 3 games of the season, the press tried to write a narrative that Arsenal could be facing a relegation battle. Most fans at this point would have taken a 7th placed finish.
We battled back to enter the top 4 with Champions League football in our hands, only to lose 3 in a row against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton.
With injuries to key players piling up, the doom mongers climbed out from under their rock with claims that we would be lucky to even make the conference league.
The predictions were that we would collapse, tumble down the table and out of European places.
Whilst finishing 5th might now seem disappointing, and underachievement, do not be too disheartened.
Do not buy into the narrative that we “bottled” 4th place.
After that start to the season and with the youngest team in the league we had no real right to be competing for it.
All those pundits and opposition fans who predicted an 8th placed finish will now be mocking Arsenal for only finishing 5th. Three higher than they predicted.
Looking at the bigger picture, we are in a good place. Our young team will only improve, and we will make the signings we need regardless of competition.
I am not sure the same can be said about Chelsea and Tottenham.
For a long time in a while, I have really enjoyed going over The Arsenal again.
The atmosphere home and away has been the best for decades and it feels like there is a real connection to the players again. Don’t let the media try and rip that apart.
So, we dust ourselves down, get the last game of the season out of the way, and go again.