Disappointing end to the season as selection problems mount for Cup Final

Disappointing end

Arsenal did what they had to do by beating Everton 3-1 at the Emirates stadium, but with Liverpool securing a 3-0 win, fourth place and Champions League qualification was not to be.
The dream was alive for almost a whole 45 minutes until Liverpool got their first goal. By that time Arsenal were 2-0 up with goals from Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez. Add to that a reckless challenge from Laurent Koscielny which saw him sent off and will now miss the FA Cup final.
At full-time Liverpool had won, Arsenal had conceded one and then scored another, from a beautiful curling strike by Aaron Ramsey but it was not to be.
There was some great football in small stages over the season but also some awful football. Overall an extremely disappointing season in the league. But we do still have an FA Cup final to look forward too.

Wenger views

Manager Arsene Wenger’s interview was certainly an interesting one. Wenger finally admitted that the uncertainty surrounding his position definitely had a major effect on the team. Wenger also added that the team at times played in some horrendous psychological environments since January, which I am sure will do little to win round the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade.
Wenger even defended Stan Kroenke, after fans turned on the major shareholder during and after the game against Everton.
Strangely the Frenchman added that there was also some factors that people don’t know about that affected the team and this will come out at another time. Wenger added that it’s not Kroenke fault the team failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Koscielny madness

It was not the worst ever tackle but it was pretty stupid and late. In a game that Everton really had no interest in playing which was shown by how bad they were, there was no need for the French centre-back to fly across the pitch and wipe out the Toffees’ man.
The red card was inevitable and Koscielny will now miss the FA Cup final. You have to wonder what was going through his mind.
With thoughts of a move to Marseille gathering pace for the summer it seems it may well of been Koscielny’s last game for the club.

Europa League

It’s the first time in 21 years that Arsenal have failed to qualify for the Champions League. A truly fantastic achievement year on year of course, but next season the fans have to get used to watching the team on a Thursday night. But as Manchester United have shown, this is a winnable competition and a way into the Champions League.
The worry is how many players we may lose in the summer and how many top stars will come to the club now we are only playing in the Europa League.

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Injury crisis

With Laurent Koscielny now suspended for the FA Cup final, Gabriel Paulista is also now a major doubt after being stretched off with a seriously leg injury.
It leaves Arsenal with Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding in central defence. Whether Arsene Wenger will risk playing Per Mertesacker in the final remains to be seen. Perhaps Nacho Monreal will play in the back three with Kieron Gibbs playing on the left.

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