Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season look all but over after Sunday’s deflating 1-1 draw against Brighton.
It looked as if it would be the Gunners’ away form would cost them during the run in but they have only taken one point from a possible six available against Crystal Palace and Brighton.
If they had won both of those matches, they’d be sitting in the Champions League places now – above Tottenham – ahead of the final match of the season.
But they have fallen just short, but while Unai Emery’s first season in charge has brought some improvement, more needs to be done.
Ian Wright, speaking on Match of the Day 2, Sunday 05/05, 11:44pm, gave his view on the season and actually feared Arsenal would have finished further down the league were it not for the dead-eyed finishing of Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
After a graphic appeared on screen noting that Arsenal had the league’s best shot conversion rate, Wright said: “You dread to think where Arsenal would be if those two weren’t firing like they have been. Recently, especially Lacazette has been absolutely magnificent. It’s disappointing, I can’t lie.”
Goals can hide a multitude of sins in a team, and that firepower has been useful for Emery while he has been battling to improve his side’s defence with largely the same squad Arsene Wenger left him.