Blog

Is Arsenal's fifth place a sign of progress or a failure?

At the start of the season, a fifth place finish in the Premier League would no doubt have been seen as a win for Arsenal. But given how it turned out, it was clearly a big missed opportunity. (Author: Gardener)

fifthWith Champions League football within reach for so long, Arsenal will wait at least another year before returning to top-flight European club competition. The disappointment was evident after Sunday's season finale against Everton as Tottenham's 5-0 win at Norwich rendered Arsenal's 5-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium irrelevant. A streak of three straight wins for Spurs at the end of the season secured them the last place in the top four in the Premier League, while Arsenal have suffered costly recent defeats at the north London derby and Newcastle. "We did what we had to do," Arteta said after Sunday's win that saw Arsenal finish the season with 69 points, two behind Spurs. The league table at the end of the season doesn't lie. "It's true that last year Chelsea got promoted to the Champions League with 67 points and we have 69 and we're out, but that's the level and demands that this league has now. It's difficult, the season of Really appreciate Arsenal and that's perhaps why their fifth-place finish sparked such a debate. Many see it as a failure, while many believe there have been clear signs of progress. Internally, Arteta's goal was clear at the start of the season. To bring Arsenal back to Europe through a top six result. The club invested heavily during the summer transfer window, spending around £145m ($182m). Many scoffed at Arsenal's transfer business at the time, particularly when they opened the season with three straight league defeats and went into their first international break bottomed in the table without having collected a single point or even scored a goal. But as signings settled and were included in the starting XI, Arsenal improved dramatically and real optimism began to grow in north London. Arteta has worked hard to re-establish a connection between the team and the fans and that connection has become ever clearer as the season has progressed. "You can see what we're doing," Arteta said after the game. "You can see what the players want to do, how they represent the club and who we are as a group." Arteta's young side have been a lot of fun for fans over the past 10 months and a top-five finish must be considered Progress can be viewed after finishing eighth in each of the last two seasons. Arsenal are back in Europe next season and have made it as the youngest team in the Premier League. They have also done so while overhauling their squad and removing several big names with high wages, most notably Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who left in January. So there are many reasons why Arsenal's season can be considered relatively successful. The club have slashed wage bills, drastically reduced the age of the squad and the side have reconnected with enthusiastic fans that was almost completely lost. Arsenal have accumulated more points and scored more goals this season, although no striker has scored more than five times in the league. And with the club set to spend big on two new strikers this summer, one would expect this to be an area where things are set to improve even further during the 2022-23 season. "We will take the club to the next level," said Arteta. However, despite showing clear signs of improvement since the start of the season, it's also very difficult not to see Arsenal's fifth-place finish as a massive failure as well. The fact of the matter is, with four games to go, they were just one win away from securing Champions League football again. They put themselves in a position where they had their destiny in their own hands and they threw it all away right at the finish line. Arteta's side have had a lot to offer this season. Tottenham started the season badly and had to change their manager. A lot went in Arsenal's favor but they couldn't capitalize on it. The club also opted not to reinforce in the January transfer window. In fact, they weakened their squad and let several players go, including Aubameyang. Meanwhile, Tottenham have signed Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, two players who played a big part in their strong finish to the season. Arsenal's lack of activity in January was always a risk given what was at stake and ultimately it looks like a gamble that massively backfired. So overall, it's difficult to really define Arsenal's season. To begin with, a fifth place would no doubt be considered a success. But given the trajectory and the position they put themselves in, it was clearly a huge missed opportunity. Ultimately, Arsenal's 2021-22 season may not really be defined until the end of next season. If they move on and build on the foundations laid over the past 10 months, then one could look back to the time when the project under Arteta really started to take shape. But if they fight and fall even further behind their top-flight rivals, it will surely be remembered as the season when they missed their big opportunity.

Read

Arsenal season review 2021-22

Sports Mole takes a close look at Arsenal's 2021/22 campaign, which saw them endure heartache late in the race for Champions League football. (Author: Gardener)

ArsenalArsenal and Mikel Arteta faced their first season away from European football for the first time since the turn of the millennium and were under immense pressure to put their extra rest periods to good use. Arteta certainly couldn't imagine a third consecutive result outside the top seven given their clever summer deal that raised many eyebrows at the time, but the Spaniard's youngsters have certainly served him well throughout the campaign. The Gunners, who were locked in a Champions League clash with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur until Matchday 38, ultimately failed to materialize and another intense summer of transfer business awaits Edu and Co before returning to continental action. Some of Arsenal's summer 2021 signings did not go down well with Arsenal faithful, while others were celebrated across North London, but the club's spending spree proved incredibly ineffective in the opening weeks of the season. Defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City without scoring a goal set alarm bells ringing in the Emirates as Arsenal sat at the foot of the table - albeit with COVID-19 and injury worries - but the Gunners soon found themselves in the autumn months her groove . An eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League propelled the Gunners early into the European conversation. Of course, that run included the vibrant 3-1 North London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur and the transition from boys to men of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe was in full effect, with the Hale End graduates scoring one and assisting one each Game. The new year began with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for Arsenal to Manchester City before controversy reared its ugly head as the Gunners successfully postponed their north London derby with Tottenham as injuries, COVID-19 and the African nations -Pokal took its toll. Many were quick to criticize the Gunners' lack of winter signings and send players on loan like nobody else, but Arsenal spoke on the pitch with six wins out of seven ahead of the international break in March - the perfect boost for their third-round FA Cup exit and elimination by Liverpool in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. However, Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton all shattered the Gunners' momentum in April and the Gunners were also rocked by news of long-term injuries to two integral cogs in Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, with the squad stretched in recent times weeks to the limit. The squad players would rise in back-to-back victories over Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham United and Leeds United but Arteta's luck ran out in the rescheduled north London derby as Spurs ended the race for Champions League football with a 3-0 left success wide open. After Arsenal failed to react in a frankly embarrassing 2-0 loss to Newcastle United on the penultimate round, with Spurs handing the initiative in the process, Arsenal needed a miracle on Matchday 38 and despite a 5-1 win over Everton something happened on Carrow Road didn't go their way. Under fire from many fans after consecutive eighth places in the Premier League, fifth place marks a huge improvement over the past 12 months, even if their Champions League dream hasn't materialized. In the last two seasons, Arsenal have lost 13 times in the Premier League but this time they have recorded 22 wins compared to 18 last season, while they drew just three times in 2020-21 after eight stalemates. The Gunners also scored and conceded more goals than last season domestically, but ended up with a slightly poorer goal difference of +13 compared to +16 12 months ago. Of course, after reaching the Europa League semi-finals last season, Arsenal didn't have any European commitments to worry about this season, while it's been a mixed bag when it comes to the trophies. The Gunners defended the 2020-21 FA Cup but were eliminated by Southampton in round four, while falling at the first hurdle against an inspired Nottingham Forest side in the third round this season. Manchester City would end Arsenal's EFL Cup run in the quarter-finals last season but there was hope Arteta's side would reach the final this year after giving Liverpool a goalless draw in the first leg of their semi-final at Anfield. The Reds proved too strong at the Emirates, however, with Arsenal doing better in one tournament and worse in the other, but their progress in the Premier League was for all to see. For a 19-year-old boy to step onto the biggest stage of them all and miss the penalty that would cost his country a major international title, Bukayo Saka has made a huge recovery from his heartbreak at Euro 2020 and has become one of Arteta's most dependable performers. A tally of 12 goals and seven assists fully justifies why Saka was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Season award and it's no surprise that Arsenal are looking to tie down their Hale End starlet for longer. Speculations of a move to Liverpool or Manchester City have not fazed the England international and his unassuming, down-to-earth manner has been a delight to Emirates fans all season. Twenty years ago Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger faced each other when the Premier League title was at stake. In 2022, Ralf Rangnick and Arteta battled it out with the goal of avoiding previously underperforming in the race for fourth place. With just three minutes left, the unpredictable left-back Nuno Tavares put the Gunners ahead before Nketiah was able to finish and while his goal came from an offside position, the game was brought back for Alex Telles' foul on Saka. The 20-year-old stepped forward to convert the penalty before Cristiano Ronaldo gave Man United a glimmer of hope but the Portuguese then inexplicably relinquished the penalty call to Bruno Fernandes, who held his head in his hands as his penalty was shot down Post Office. Arsenal rode their luck for much of the competition but Granit Xhaka's usual shouter against the Red Devils effectively ended Man United's hopes of a top-four result and ensured they would remain in the conversation for a while. Two weeks before Wolves were invited to a crucial battle in the top-four race at the Emirates, Arsenal won 1-0 at Molineux despite playing most of the game with 10 men after Gabriel Martinelli's bizarre red card. Ruben Neves, in particular, didn't take well to Arsenal's joy after the game at Molineux, leading to a wider rift with the 'cheer police', but Arteta's side didn't keep up their jubilant cheers during Bruno Lage's side's visit to north London return . After Hwang Hee-chan capitalized on a defensive error to give Wolves the lead, Arsenal seemed on the brink as they faced one of the best teams in the league when it came to maintaining a one-goal advantage. However, Nicolas Pepe's turn and finish preceded a last-minute Jose Sa own goal to set off a roar from the home side that drowned out the voices of the celebrating police as best they could. Crucial victories over Chelsea and Manchester United - as well as September's derby success in north London - cannot be discounted, but they pale in comparison to the drama and context of February 24. Alexandre Lacazette's time in the Emirates is almost over - the Frenchman has already admitted that he is in talks about a move - while Eddie Nketiah has been brought to life in recent weeks but no new deal appears to be offered either. Arteta simply cannot step into the 2022-23 season if only Folarin Balogun is ready to lead the line. Darwin Nunez is the dream target but Gabriel Jesus and Dominic Calvert-Lewin represent more realistic options with Premier League experience. In addition, Arteta cannot rely on Cedric Soares and Nuno Tavares to deliver week after week who would be delighted Aaron Hickey from Bologna to the club shortly to bolster his full-back options and hopefully Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year William Saliba back in his ranks. Most Arsenal fans would have accepted a top-six finish earlier in the season given the urgency to return to European football, and few expected the Gunners to stay in the top four for so long. A lack of squad depth with a particularly young group of players ultimately derailed Arsenal's bid for the top four, but there has been plenty to celebrate for the Gunners this season and their starlets will only improve from now on. Of course, injury worries, a lack of recklessness and several late-season defensive mistakes were blots on Arteta's notebook but Arsenal fans will have to get used to the sight of the Spaniard following his new contract.

Read

Is Arsenal's fifth place a sign of progress or a failure?

At the start of the season, a fifth place finish in the Premier League would no doubt have been seen as a win for Arsenal. But given how it turned out, it was clearly a big missed opportunity. (Author: Gardener)

fifthWith Champions League football within reach for so long, Arsenal will wait at least another year before returning to top-flight European club competition. The disappointment was evident after Sunday's season finale against Everton as Tottenham's 5-0 win at Norwich rendered Arsenal's 5-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium irrelevant. A streak of three straight wins for Spurs at the end of the season secured them the last place in the top four in the Premier League, while Arsenal have suffered costly recent defeats at the north London derby and Newcastle. "We did what we had to do," Arteta said after Sunday's win that saw Arsenal finish the season with 69 points, two behind Spurs. The league table at the end of the season doesn't lie. "It's true that last year Chelsea got promoted to the Champions League with 67 points and we have 69 and we're out, but that's the level and demands that this league has now. It's difficult, the season of Really appreciate Arsenal and that's perhaps why their fifth-place finish sparked such a debate. Many see it as a failure, while many believe there have been clear signs of progress. Internally, Arteta's goal was clear at the start of the season. To bring Arsenal back to Europe through a top six result. The club invested heavily during the summer transfer window, spending around £145m ($182m). Many scoffed at Arsenal's transfer business at the time, particularly when they opened the season with three straight league defeats and went into their first international break bottomed in the table without having collected a single point or even scored a goal. But as signings settled and were included in the starting XI, Arsenal improved dramatically and real optimism began to grow in north London. Arteta has worked hard to re-establish a connection between the team and the fans and that connection has become ever clearer as the season has progressed. "You can see what we're doing," Arteta said after the game. "You can see what the players want to do, how they represent the club and who we are as a group." Arteta's young side have been a lot of fun for fans over the past 10 months and a top-five finish must be considered Progress can be viewed after finishing eighth in each of the last two seasons. Arsenal are back in Europe next season and have made it as the youngest team in the Premier League. They have also done so while overhauling their squad and removing several big names with high wages, most notably Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who left in January. So there are many reasons why Arsenal's season can be considered relatively successful. The club have slashed wage bills, drastically reduced the age of the squad and the side have reconnected with enthusiastic fans that was almost completely lost. Arsenal have accumulated more points and scored more goals this season, although no striker has scored more than five times in the league. And with the club set to spend big on two new strikers this summer, one would expect this to be an area where things are set to improve even further during the 2022-23 season. "We will take the club to the next level," said Arteta. However, despite showing clear signs of improvement since the start of the season, it's also very difficult not to see Arsenal's fifth-place finish as a massive failure as well. The fact of the matter is, with four games to go, they were just one win away from securing Champions League football again. They put themselves in a position where they had their destiny in their own hands and they threw it all away right at the finish line. Arteta's side have had a lot to offer this season. Tottenham started the season badly and had to change their manager. A lot went in Arsenal's favor but they couldn't capitalize on it. The club also opted not to reinforce in the January transfer window. In fact, they weakened their squad and let several players go, including Aubameyang. Meanwhile, Tottenham have signed Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, two players who played a big part in their strong finish to the season. Arsenal's lack of activity in January was always a risk given what was at stake and ultimately it looks like a gamble that massively backfired. So overall, it's difficult to really define Arsenal's season. To begin with, a fifth place would no doubt be considered a success. But given the trajectory and the position they put themselves in, it was clearly a huge missed opportunity. Ultimately, Arsenal's 2021-22 season may not really be defined until the end of next season. If they move on and build on the foundations laid over the past 10 months, then one could look back to the time when the project under Arteta really started to take shape. But if they fight and fall even further behind their top-flight rivals, it will surely be remembered as the season when they missed their big opportunity.

Read

Transfer News LIVE! Tottenham battle Arsenal for Gabriel Jesus; Tchouameni to Liverpool; Lewandowski at the latest

Transfer News LIVE! Tottenham battle Arsenal for Gabriel Jesus; Tchouameni to Liverpool; Lewandowski new - Follow the latest transfer news and rumors throughout the summer (Author: Gardener)

LewandowskiThe Premier League season is hardly over, but it's already time to take a look at what's expected to be an exciting summer transfer window. Champions Manchester City have already signed superstar striker Erling Haaland and are now on the hunt for a new midfielder, while Liverpool need to strengthen their squad again to keep up and are looking to sign Monaco's Aurelien Tchouameni. It's another new morning at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag and many new faces are expected at Old Trafford, while Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has already hinted at new attacking signings once Todd Boehly's takeover at Stamford Bridge is completed. Robert Lewandowski's future will also be a big topic of conversation as he prepares to leave Bayern Munich amid Barcelona links, although Kylian Mbappe has announced he will stay at Paris Saint-Germain and yet not join Real Madrid, which makes LaLiga angry. Man United want to sell Wan-Bissaka and Bailly 08:35 , Alex Young Manchester United still intends to sell both Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fabrizio Romano reports that Edinson Cavani's exit is already confirmed and United now have offers for the two defender will listen. 08:21 , Alex Young It wouldn't be a transfer window without Houssem Aouar. Still in Lyon, the former Arsenal and Juventus target is being targeted by Copa del Rey winners Real Betis. According to Foot Mercato, Betis Aouar want to link up with another former Premier League target Nabil Fekir and hope to agree a deal worth around £15million. 07:51 , George Flood The France international, 22, has been rumored to be a key transfer target for Jurgen Klopp and has previously been on the radar at both Manchester United and Chelsea. French outlet RMC Sport are now reporting that both Liverpool and Real Madrid have agreed personal terms with Tchouameni now facing a choice of who to join. Neither side has yet agreed on a deal with Monaco, who are said to be offering around €80m for a valuable asset who is still under contract until 2024. 07:39 . George Flood Tottenham and Arsenal are expected to fight for Gabriel Jesus this summer. Former Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta is known to be keen on a reunion with the Brazil striker, with the Gunners having promising talks with agent Marcelo Pettinati. Jesus has remained a key figure for Premier League champions City this season, starting yesterday with their dramatic title win against Aston Villa, but is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract and will be affected by the imminent arrival of Erling Haaland pushed down in the Etihad pecking order. On Monday, The Telegraph reported that Spurs will compete with Arsenal for Jesus' signature as they look to further bolster a strong attack with Harry Kane , Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski arriving on a permanent transfer from Juventus. Kane is expected to remain in north London following Tottenham's Champions League return, although manager Antonio Conte's fate remains unclear despite this significant performance. It also remains to be seen how City will react to Spurs' pursuit of Jesus given last summer's frustratingly failed hunt for Kane... 07:30 , Alex Young Erik ten Hag will be officially appointed as Manchester's new manager at 12:00 GMT United presented. He was at Selhurst Park on Sunday to watch his new team lose to Crystal Palace. You can follow it live with us. 07:00 , Alex Young Aston Villa have acted quickly to seal a deal for Olympique Marseille's Boubacar Kamara. The highly-rated 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and according to widespread reports, Villa Park will be his next destination. He told Telefoot on Sunday: "I have now decided to leave OM and join a new league... You will soon know my new club." 06:30 , Alex Young Tottenham is considering signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, according to ESPN free transfer The 33-year-old's contract expires next month and he remains in talks with Inter over an extension, although a departure is expected. Juventus are currently leading the race for his signature Perisic is reportedly interested in a Spurs move over the prospect of a Tottenham reunion It's likely he could come, yes," Xavi told a press conference at the weekend. “He also said it publicly. There are negotiations but it won't be easy, he has a one-year contract with Bayern." 05:30 , Alex Young Arsenal have failed with a huge £76m offer for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to reports from Italy. Mikel Areta is Reportedly ready to break the club's transfer record for the Napoli forward, who has impressed in Serie A this season after arriving from Lille, Italian club Calciomercato claim Napoli are not interested in the youngster 05:00 , Alex Young Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard's LIVE coverage of the summer transfer window.With clubs far stronger financially post-pandemic and many needing reinforcements ahead of a season , which includes a World Cup for the first time, we should be treated to a huge couple of months.

Read

Arsenal, Man Utd in battle for £70m-rated Neves

With the Premier League season over, Arsenal and Man United are eyeing the signing of Ruben Neves from Wolves. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest. (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal and Man UnitedThe summer transfer window is fast approaching and there are plenty of rumors about who is going where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in Ruben Neves and could be in contention for his signature in the summer, according to the Mirror. The Wolves midfielder has enjoyed another impressive season in the Premier League where he was a standout for Bruno Lage's side. But the latest suggests he would be ready to leave Molineux in search of a new challenge and having already been linked with Barcelona it now looks like he will also have the option to move in to remain England's top flight. Speaking after Wolves' last game of the season against Liverpool on Sunday, the Portugal international said: "Our careers are very short, we need to take chances we have a significant fee for his services with previous reports suggesting they are after around £70m are looking to part ways with the 25-year-old. He has made 33 league appearances this season. 08.00 BST: Antonio Conte has refused to confirm Spurs remain head coaches despite securing Champions League football next season of Tottenham as Spurs secured fourth place on the final day of the Premier League with a 5-0 win at relegated Norwich City. They finished fourth ahead of north London rivals Arsenal openly questioned the job as Tottenham's top-four hopes seemed to be dwindling, but Spurs have won eight of their last 11 games to overtake Arsenal and Europe s most important club competition. Sources have told ESPN's James Olley that Conte is targeting up to six summer signings in an ambitious makeover aimed at making Tottenham contenders for the Premier League title and in a few days will meet with chairman Daniel Levy and the Managing director Fabio Paratici will sit down to discuss their transfer strategy. "I'm under contract until next summer, as you know I've signed for a year and seven months. I've really enjoyed my time at Tottenham because it was a big challenge for me to come during the season," he said . It's a big challenge at a club with a fantastic stadium and training ground and I knew the situation I could face - to give me the opportunity to work the way I want to. I like fighting for something important, I like fighting for a trophy. For me it's a trophy and I'm very happy. "I always told you at the end of the season, we'll talk to the club and find the best solution for me and for the club. Now I think it's good for me, the club, the players, three, four, five days "You have to be very calm before you speak because now [there are] many emotions in my head, my heart. For that reason it would be very good to rest and then a Having good talks with the club to find the best possible solution Massimiliano Allegri, who want to keep him at Diego Armando Maradona's stadium, seems to have identified him as a possible reinforcement at the heart of Juve's defence. Steven Gerrard has signed the 26-year-old midfielder Topped his shortlist by Leeds United He is preparing for his first summer transfer window in charge of the Villains The Premier League side has also been rumored to be joining Marseille midfielder Boubacar Ka mara has agreed on a personal agreement. - Barcelona remain keen on signing Raphinha but may now find it more difficult to agree a deal with Leeds after Jesse Marsch's side avoided relegation on the final day of the Premier League season, Sport write. Blaugrana and the 25-year-old winger's representatives have already agreed on personal terms, however, the deal is now expected to take longer to finalize as new talks over a fee are required. - Real Betis are interested in signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to Foot Mercato. The 23-year-old is expected to enter the final year of his contract in June, which will make it more difficult for the Ligue 1 side to negotiate a higher fee to part ways with him. It is reported that the LaLiga club are keen to sign him so they can pair him with his French teammate Nabil Fekir. - Samir Handanovic extends his contract at Internazionale by one year. The 37-year-old goalkeeper has been linked with a departure from the San Siro throughout the season but now it looks like he is looking to continue in Serie A. Speaking to Dazn, as quoted by Nicolo Schira, he said: "I'll stay here for another year."

Read

Arsenal make £76m Osimhen offer, Perisic to Tottenham; Chelsea, most recently ManUnited

Follow the latest transfer news and rumors all summer long (Author: Gardener)

OsimhenThe Premier League season is hardly over, but it's already time to take a look at what's expected to be an exciting summer transfer window. Manchester City have already struck a deal for Erling Haaland and are on the lookout for a new midfielder, while Liverpool need to reinforce their squad again to keep up. It's another new morning at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag and many new faces are expected at Old Trafford, while Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has already hinted at new attacking signings. Tottenham need to add more quality to their squad now that they are back in the Champions League, while Arsenal are expected to return to support Mikel Arteta after beating expectations to qualify for the Europa League. The highly-rated 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Villa Park will be his next destination, according to widespread reports. He told Telefoot on Sunday: "I've now decided to leave OM and join a new league... Tottenham are looking into signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic on a free transfer, according to ESPN. The 33-year-old is out of contract next month and remains in talks with Inter over a renewal, although an exit is expected. Barcelona manager Xavi has confirmed talks are underway to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. "It's possible he'll come, yes," Xavi said at a press conference over the weekend. There are negotiations but it won't be easy, he has a one-year deal with Bayern to break the club's transfer record with the Napoli striker, who has impressed in Serie A this season after arriving from Lille. Italian club Calciomercato claim Napoli have no interest in cashing in on the young striker Arsenal have long admired. Good morning and welcome The Evening Standard's LIVE coverage of the summer transfer window. With clubs far better off financially post-pandemic and many needing reinforcements ahead of a season that includes a World Cup for the first time, we should be spoiled for a huge couple of months.

Read

Mohamed Elneny envisioned signing new Arsenal contract?

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny appears to be signing a new deal at the club - believed to be a one-year deal with the option of one more (Author: Gardener)

Mohamed ElnenyWith Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka forming an effective midfield pairing this season, Elneny was often on the bench in the 2021/22 season. Elneny played the full 90 minutes in each of Arsenal's last seven Premier League games - winning five of them and catching an assist for Xhaka's goal against Manchester United. The 29-year-old is currently set to become a free agent next month and was originally expected to move on given his lack of playing time at the Emirates before starting talks of a new deal. Now Elneny could remain in the capital as football.london reporter Kaya Kaynak spotted the midfielder pen in hand in the media room after Sunday's 5-1 win over Everton. Mohamed Elneny poses for photos with the club photographer in the #AFC press room after the game today. Pictured with Arsenal's club photographer, Elneny also appeared to have a piece of paper on the desk in front of him, signaling he might indeed extend his stay with the Gunners. Following the social media revelations, journalist Sam Dean further claimed that the former Basel native had agreed to a new one-year deal with an option for a further 12 months. Despite his role as a rotation/backup under Mikel Arteta, Elneny previously claimed he was keen to sign a new contract with the club he "loves". “I love challenges and always give 100 percent. I don't decide who plays, but I keep training to show how good I am and to get him to play me," Elneny told reporters. "When I'm not playing I'll keep going until I get my chance. I love this club." Arteta has also noted Elneny's improvement since his return to the first XI and believes the midfielder doesn't always get the recognition he deserves. He's a phenomenal person and also a great footballer who sometimes gets overlooked," Arteta said at a press conference ahead of beating Man United in the April Cup and two Community Shields during his time in the English capital. However, Elneny and Arsenal are set to play in the Europa League next season after Tottenham Hotspur's 5-0 win over Norwich City rendered their 5-1 win over Everton inconsequential. The Gunners will still be expected to further strengthen their midfield ranks in the summer and they are closely linked with Leicester City's Youri Tielemans, but a lack of Champions League football could hamper their transfer strategy.

Read

Mikel Arteta opens up on Arsenal trio future as contract rebel signs papers

Mikel Arteta has said the Arsenal futures of Mohamed Elneny, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have already been decided. (Author: Gardener)

ArtetaMikel Arteta says the future of Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah has been decided - with one of those trio appearing to be signing new contracts after Sunday's final game of the season. All three players are nearing the final month of their contracts with the Emirates and talks of extensions have been going on for some time, although initially there was a feeling they were leaving. But Elneny and Nketiah have been in strong form in recent games, which has led to Arsenal supporters calling for their contracts to be renewed and Arteta has previously hinted he wanted to keep them at the club. He may have gotten his wish when eagle-eyed journalists spotted Elneny taking pictures with the club's photographer after Sunday's 5-1 win over Everton and appeared to have posed with several documents - and signed them. After Arsenal's win - which wasn't enough to finish fourth as Spurs raged against Norwich - Arteta didn't confirm the situation regarding the three players but said the trio's next steps would be announced soon. Arteta suggested that some of the players would have different fates, stating: "I'll talk to the three players now or tomorrow and after that we have to move on. “What they deserve is to have a little bit of what they had today, but to do it one way or another in three situations like this earlier is very, very awkward and could impact the team. Nketiah had a superb end to the season, scoring again against Everton, but Arsenal's quest for a new striker could see him knock down the pecking order again. The forward is reportedly still leaning towards leaving the Emirates and being a guaranteed starter elsewhere, although Arteta seems keen on keeping him as he is performing well on the pitch and in training. He said: "When you see Eddie training, the way he's training, he doesn't even have to play, you know you have a player there who will help you. "And that's what he did, you look at his numbers with the number of games he's played and it's great." This season Arsenal have struggled to cover the likes of Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney who have suffered from injuries. After finishing fifth, the north London side have qualified for next season's Europa League and need more options to cover the extra games. Arteta has been linked with moves for Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus as he searches for a top striker to lead the line, but the potential loss of Nketiah and Lacazette would mean the Spaniard will need to sign two new centre-forwards. MORE : Arsenal loanee William Saliba explains why he wants to stay at Marseille Follow Metro Sport for the latest news

Read

Ratings and analysis as the Five-Star Gunners are in full swing despite missing out on fourth place

The young Arsenal ended their campaign with five goals which leaves a lot of hope for their future under Arteta (Author: Gardener)

fourthEMIRATES STADIUM - You couldn't tell their team had just conceded a fifth goal of the afternoon. Everton supporters had just seen their side end a miserable season in which they flirted with relegation with a bang against the Emirates. But just after the fifth goal rang in, the stadium's blue stripe erupted in the game's loudest cheer as word hit smartphones that Manchester City had taken the lead against Aston Villa from two goals down. And the celebrations were even louder after the final whistle when they discovered that bitter city rivals Liverpool had been steered to the Premier League title, prevented from achieving a domestic treble and the possibility of an unprecedented quadruple with the Champions- League finals had ended weekend. Everton had already ensured Premier League survival in their penultimate game, but supporters nationwide were fixated on results that, until City's dramatic late hat-trick, pointed to a Liverpool title. Likewise, it was a disgrace for Arsenal that the season with the slightest chance of leapfrogging rivals Tottenham to fourth in the Champions League at kick-off was pretty much over thanks to a goal 100 miles away 16 minutes later. Their faint hopes of a few surprise results were dashed in the warm north London air when Spurs scored one and then ensured they would not be beaten by the already relegated Norwich at half-time at Carrow Road. That was unlikely to happen, but so was the prospect of Liverpool City overtaking. And Everton's nerves were rattling while Arsenal did whatever was asked of them at the Emirates, knowing that just one win would be enough. Gabriel Martinelli's penalty was a stroke of luck that referee Andre Marriner failed to notice; but closer inspection by VAR revealed Alex Iwobi had his arm out to block a shot. Still, Arsenal's next three goals came from Everton's terrible defense at corners. Martinelli was the first to round a corner which Eddie Nketiah deflected with quick reactions. A corner was cleared three minutes later but Gabriel managed to stay on the side – a defender overcoming your offside trap is never a good sign – before scoring. An increasingly rare shot at the top four has been missed, but there are fleeting signs of promise for Mikel Arteta, provided he can prevent his squad from being unraveled. The highlight is Bukayo Saka, who left the field to a standing ovation after becoming just the fifth Arsenal player to play every league game in a season before his 21st birthday - and the first since Cesc Fabregas. Martin Odegaard scored a beautiful goal in the 82nd minute - a fitting end to his season. Sign up for The Score newsletter here to receive season reviews for all 20 Premier League clubs in your inbox on Monday morning

Read

'We needed a miracle' - Arteta is proud of Arsenal's progress but failure in the Champions League hurt the Gunners boss

Mikel Arteta is injured by Arsenal's defeats by Tottenham and Newcastle United after the Gunners missed out on the Champions League. (Author: Gardener)

GunnersArsenal manager Mikel Arteta knew his side needed a miraculous turnaround to reach the Champions League, but that doesn't stop him from hurting him. The Gunners beat Everton 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but the result capped an ultimately frustrating season. Arsenal lost their first three Premier League games of the season but experienced a resurgence as young talents like Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah emerged and helped them earn a place in the top four. Arteta's side were firmly in the driver's seat before taking on Tottenham in the north London derby on May 12, but a tough loss to their rivals followed by a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Monday left Arsenal needing Spurs to fail against him already relegated on the last day of the season Norwich City. And while Arsenal played their part against a much-changed Everton side – Frank Lampard's side secured safety with a grueling 3-2 comeback win over Crystal Palace on Thursday – Spurs romped to a 5-0 victory at Carrow Road and made sure they would make those who take last place in the Champions League. Arsenal will have to settle for fifth place and a Europa League spot, a fact that leaves Arteta very frustrated. "At the end of the season, the table doesn't lie. True, last season Chelsea were in the Champions League with 67 points. But that's the level and the aspiration that this league has now." I can't assess the season, I'm still in a lot of pain after what happened on Monday and I'd like a fair assessment of what we did have done. We came up short in the end and that guilt hurts." Arsenal had gone unbeaten in each of their most recent league games for the past 16 seasons and that record never seemed in jeopardy, not being extended against Everton, who lost their final will be league play in five of the last six seasons Gabriel Martinelli's penalty and Eddie Nketiah's header gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead within 31 minutes, with Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes and Martin Odegaard scoring in the second half for Donny van de Beek's goal Nketiah, who has scored five league goals this season, is one of three players soon to be out of contract at Arsenal and was replaced midway through the second half by Alexandre Lacazette - the Frenchman's contract also runs out at the end of June .Mohamed Elneny played the full 90 minutes in what might be his last appearance with the Gunners and Arteta revealed decisions were being made r the future of the trio were made, although it was unclear if any of them would stay. "What they deserve is to have a little bit of what they had today, but to do it earlier with three situations like this is very awkward and could impact the team. "These players know their situation when it is communicated and these players will know face to face what they deserve." Only in 1993/94 (22) did Everton lose more games in a Premier League season than the 21 defeats they suffered in the competition that season, but having achieved his goal of maintaining them Lampard is now looking forward to the Future . He told reporters: "We want to improve in many ways. The way we played last month was fantastic. The reasons why we were in a relegation battle were very real and we need to improve."

Read