Petr Cech says he’s been impressed by the work done this season by Unai Emery and his coaching staff, and believes they’ve laid foundations to build on.

The veteran keeper, who is retiring at the end of the season, says securing Champions League football by winning the Europa League will help speed up the progress.

Financially, the benefits are huge. Without wanting to make anyone sick, Sp*rs will earn €102m for reaching the final this season, and another €4m if they win it 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢.

In contrast, Arsenal lifting the Europa League would generate somewhere in the region of €25m for the entire campaign, so you can see how vital it is that we get back in there, and why the last few weeks have been so frustrating after we blew the chance to finish in the top four.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s game against Valencia, Cech said, “As a coaching staff, they have done really well.

“They have built a solid foundation for next season and the years coming. Obviously, it will depend on how well they are going to do but the way Unai works and his team, they are on the right way.

“We have done pretty well and we can have a great achievement if we win the Europa League, which will be the ultimate thing for everybody now.

“It will be helped if we win the Europa League because you go to Champions League and that makes things easier for everyone.

“Unai is building those foundations where the club should improve. I genuinely believe there is a positive future coming.”

Let’s hope that we can see evidence of that again this evening, and that we ensure we have the twin prizes of the Europa League to play for at the end of May.

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David C
David C

We all want Liverpool to win the CL final right? I mean one team has to win it…

Richie

Well, I would love us to beat Spurs in the UEFA Super Cup in August; that would go down as one of the historic nights in Arsenal’s history.

TheLimpBar
TheLimpBar

are you on drugs?!? can’t have that lot winning the champions league!

IamaGoober

Richie what are you talking about you melon?

Spurs cannot win the Champions League ever.

Let alone when we’re in 6th place with our bags round our ankles, trying our hardest not to razz a 3-1 lead up the wall away in the Mestalla.

I would happily take a loss in the semi final tonight, if that meant Spurs take an absolute shoeing in the Champions League final at the hands of Liverpool.

The bin dippers have to prevail.

David
David

Mmmmh. It just maybe a dramatic UCL final.

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

That’s like wanting them to win the league and us winning the fa cup so we can beat them at the charity shield

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Yes that team HAS to win it

Santori
Santori

Urgh…yes.

Unfortunately.

Worse case scenario is Liverpool wins the league, Spurs wins CL, Chelsea win the europa, we are out of top 4 again with nothing.

We can only control our own destiny now which is to beat Valencia and get to the finals with a shout against Chelsea winning.

Otherwise what a horrid season.:P

Paul
Paul

Stay positive!!!

UnaiDosTres
UnaiDosTres

I’m a Dutch gooner, Ajax and Arsenal are what has brought me joy in football over the years. Young talent, attacking positive football is what I love about both teams. Yesterday was a double heartbreak for many reasons, as I’m sure you can image. The only thing that could give me some comfort is Liverpool absolutely smashing Sp*ds in the final.

What I don’t understand though, is that not a single Ajax is player is named a transfer target for Arsenal. Ziyech, Neres, vd Beek (he would be the perfect Ramsey replacement) have not even been mentioned once. I understand they might aim higher than Arsenal, which at the moment isn’t as tempting as a Barcelona or Man City, but these players would fit in so well, and many have grown up watching Bergkamp and Overmars in an Arsenal jersey. Show some ambition ffs! Even players now mainstays at Sp’ds could have been Arsenal legends by now, with a better transfer policy. Hope the board finally gets its shit together.

yura910721
yura910721

I think players you mentioned, we cannot afford them. After successful UCL campaign, their value is gonna skyrocket and I don’t think we have cash to compete with other teams.

johnny bud
johnny bud

If we cant afford 2nd level Ajax guys….

NexPress
NexPress

That Champs money will go towards paying off 10% of the stadium bill. Meh.

We’ll be back.

kaius
kaius

“Financially, the benefits are huge. Without wanting to make anyone sick, Sp*rs will earn €102m for reaching the final” and “In contrast, Arsenal lifting the Europa League would generate somewhere in the region of €25m for the entire campaign, so you can see how vital it is that we get back in there, and why the last few weeks have been so frustrating”

Meh. Respectfully Blogs, I don’t agree with this logic at all.

Football is still about the thrill of victory. Those Ajax players collapsed on the turf weren’t thinking about money, and I don’t think money is the main thing that pisses of our fanbase. We just want our team to be good, and we want the Sp*ds to be bad. The financial side is a different issue, and imo, it’s not our fucking problem as fans – that’s for the useless leadership at Kroenke Sports Enterprises to solve.

Arsenal are 9th on UEFA’s 2018-19 wage-bill ranking . The only clubs spending more on wages (in order) are Barca, Utd, Real, Chels, City, PSG, Liverpool, and Bayern.

City are spending 294m to our 263m. Sp*ds are on 140m, the Atletico team who beat us last year spend 137m.

We are not poor. We can knock off 100m from the bill and still be competitive. Our situation is a bit depressing but I don’t think money is our biggest problem – spending it wisely is.

Devlin
Devlin

It must be something that only the players see. As far as the view from the outside is concerned, everyone will be starting from scratch next season.

We are weaker defensively, in possesion and somehow, we have also become bad attacking wise. I hope there is something brewing in the training grounds that is waiting to be unleashed next season, because if we don’t win the Europa League, we would wasted a season from having our worst season in a really long time.

Adam
Adam

Dont you dare to use logic here and not drown in the ‚its all fucking great and beautiful’ ideology.

carll
carll

I’m not too sure about this… If you had offered this at the start of the season I would think most people would accept it as a good job by Emery, however, with the capitulation I fear if we don’t pull through and win the Europa league the mental brittleness of the squad will continue into next year. But if we win I think everybody will forget about the torrid end of the season and enjoy the sweet popcorn of the Champions league, rather than the salty bollocks being forced down our throats now. F***ing salty Europa league popcorn. No pressure lads.

Devlin
Devlin

I don’t think it’s the results, capitulation or the league position that has taken hope out of many fans, it’s the performances. Game by game, it’s frustrating to watch and there isn’t really any semblance of what the future holds, but somehow we have come this far.

It’s actually a miracle if our performances can be taken into account. We have been very bad tactically and teams let us get away with a lot at home. Our XG is lower and our XG conceded is higher. We are statistically and based on the eye test, very bad. But we have a chance at a European trophy and we have enough talent in our ranks to win it.

kaius
kaius

Yes sometimes we are bad, but sometimes we are good – which is why we still have a chance in Europe. And everytime we looked like settling into a good rhythm, we had catastrophic injuries. Before Ramsey’s injury we conceded 1 goal in 8 games.

But it’s not just losing Ramsey – it’s having to replace him with Xhaka. Sokratis’ disciplinary issues and Koscielny’s health could’ve been manageable with a fit Holding as backup, instead we had to draft Mustafi back in from the bench (which was his best position).

We’re still consistently inconsistent because we didn’t do enough to revamp the squad last summer. You can’t fix the problems of the last few years in one season.

Scwibble
Scwibble

We’ve been on a similar road before, that season where we got hurt 6-3, 5-1, 6-0, 3-0 by the big sides was a poor campaign then all we had was the final against Hull which we won. After we won we completely forgot about everything else we suffered that year, we bought Sanchez and turned over a new leaf. Now we have a bigger rebuilding job but I still believe I’m the path we’re on.

Josheha
Josheha

It leaves a sick taste in the back of my mouth when I think of the spuds right now so I’m going to paint my bathroom when that CL final is played as it would be to stressful to watch and if they some how fluke it I have the bonus of a nice clean bog to puke and cry in.

Jai
Jai

Fuck off with your lies. This club is finished

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I’m all for positivity but I just don’t see this solid foundation at the club. Let’s forget about the leadership structure that was put in place at the top of the club and lasted all of 90 seconds, and look at the squad itself.

At the beginning of the season Emery named 5 captains; Cech, Ramsey, Kos, Ozil and Xhaka. The first two are leaving for nothing and the third is 33 (until he turns 34) and has an ankle that is being held together by cellotape and used bubblegum. That leaves the last two; a player that the manager has little faith in (for obvious reasons) and seemingly no qualms about shipping out this summer, and a player that’s so maligned by much of the fanbase (again, for obvious reasons) that he was booed off in our last home game of the season. When you then factor in our reliance on Guendouzi and Iwobi, and how close the likes of Mkhi, Mustafi and Jenkinson are to first team action at any moment, you really have to question just how “solid” these foundations are.

Scwibble
Scwibble

Hmmm. This is an interesting one.

– Have we seen a style of play or philosophy from this team this season. Not really, against the big sides at home we’ve pressed and have shown intensity but have mostly relied on laca and aubameyamg when scoring and building attacks. We’ve seen our defenders and midfielders shift the ball sideways rather than be as direct as an arsenal team should be.

– Have we instilled a template of how to play away from home and win? No, a slight improvement from last year but you’d have to say Emery should have done better in this department with regards to tactics, lineups and motivating the players on away days. Only 6 wins away from home this season I think, appalling.

We can’t expect dramatic progression in his first season, and I’m not making a case for him to leave by any means, he obviously needs another season for us to make that judgement. But have we seen any indication that he is taking the this team forward like Klopp did with Liverpool? I would argue he has not.

He needs another transfer window and next season for us to properly assess if he is the right man for us despite everything I mentioned earlier.

Santori
Santori

Pretty much a lot of the things he was doing was being done by Wenger.

The back 3, two up top rotating with the attacking mid.

Its the hand he has been dealt with the squad for most parts.

He paid better attention to details and was quicker to change things around when it was not working with good impact for most parts.

But toward the end (and in the spell around Xmas), he lost his way a bit. Whether it was for concerns in terms of squad durability is hard to say but the back 4 against Palace, Wolves, Leicester and to some extent BHA clearly did not work for us. We should have stuck to back 3.

It certainly was not a case of Mustafi when you looked at how Koscielny and Sokratis were picked apart by Wolves.

Scwibble
Scwibble

A good point you have mentioned there which is why I have sympathy for him is the squad durability. Even though we were getting away with results and went on that run in beginning of season it was impressive how he knew how to rotate with Holding, Welbeck, Mhki, Laca, Auba etc.

Then we started picking up those injuries and since then it has just been a case of making the best of what he’s got like you said. Either way it’s gonna be interesting this summer with so many players leaving the team to see how he rebuilds.

Santori
Santori

I think so.

Unless we win the Europa, its still an underwhelming season particularly the tepid finish to the league with an opportunity to finish above Spurs in our grasp and gifted by them but not taken.

Partially he may have hit the limits of the squad.

But its beyond just Mustafi or Granit, there are other players equally if not poorer in performance.

And we carry a lot of dead weight like Jenkinson, Elneny, Lichsteiner.

So he has had to try and use them but mostly rotate through a smaller squad with injuries.

Plus there is still fundamental capabilities we lack. We only have Iwobi to engage and pull defences out of position with Nelson out on loan. Arguably we still need another dribbler to add nuance to the other flank and balance out the attack better otherwise its to easy to negate our threat from left.

We still lack a good Cback but that was also some ways hampered by Holding’s injury, Chambers inexplicably on loan (See Lichsteiner) and his odd decision to play back 4 instead of back 3 last 4 league matches to our detriment.

Also in central midfield (engine room) we lack one more player who can provide a bit more hold on the ball. Contrary to popular belief Torreira isn’t Santi. In a spell either side of Xmas against West Ham, Soton and BHA (Plus Liverpool and United), he gave away or was fleeced off the ball 6 or 7 times 4 of which led directly to goals against us, costing 11 + points.

So work in progress.

Mslintat certainly has not helped nor Raul. They have loaded on the wage bill particularly with older players with little re-sale value at 90K per week and at detriment to us bringing in any significant addition in January. Enter the Panic Loan era.

Hopefully whoever is in charge (Raul I presume) does not simply get someone under them they can control but instead gets someone who can really work the market in the summer bc it will be a challenge as we will fall behind the likes of 10 teams in terms of spending power.

Aside from the usual suspects – Chelsea, City, United, PSG, Barca, RM, Juve and Bayern…Liverpool and Spurs stand to gain a windfall from CL finals and will likely spend.

We can either spend and gamble on the future a bit, arm Unai with a better quality squad adding in key areas neglected for some time now, or try to cut our clothes to the cloth, fulfill FFP.

Unfortunately I suspect it will be more of the latter.

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg

Write shorter, or start your own blog, please.

TheG
TheG

Or dont read what he writes.

Santori
Santori

We need someone higher up to work with Unai.

I don’t see anything from Raul or the executives.

Unai needs a ‘bad cop’ to help him ‘motivate’ the squad.

Arsene had Gazidis somewhat but we really need someone who can say we are willing to spend to replace in ALL positions this summer.

Players are too comfortable otherwise.

That was where Fergie excelled. He had no time for lack of effort and would replace even his top star if need be.

We can’t even say that Emery has a budget for the summer.

Mother
Mother

The last few weeks have been very frustrating but come Sunday we could be in the Europa League final and finish 5th in the league, which would inarguably be an improvement on last season. We could then take it a step further and win the Europa League, meaning it would be a HUGE improvement over last season.

However, come Sunday we could also be out of the cup and finish 6th which would be no better than last season.

It’s so delicately poised and I’m absolutely bricking it.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

To be fair Atletico were a stiffer test than anything we have faced this season and Aubameyang was cup tied

If we had come up against them this year we would likely go out again

Chiza
Chiza

Juergen kpopp bad luck in finals will hand Tottenham the Champions League…trust me Tottenham will be champions of Europe..it’s alright to feel bad about it and it’s alright to feel jealous but deep down we all know they deserve it if they win it… They worked hard for it…..i hate Tottenham but i speak the truth and I appreciate hardwork and never say die attitude…they fought for the badge of their club….the players cared.. give credit where it’s due.. Let’s show the class which this club is known for by applauding the Tottenham players and fans when they arrive at the emirates stadium singing we are champions of Europe….it would give us more respect…..I’m sorry my fellow gunners we just have to take this one up the chin,move on and hope for a better,greater and successful future for arsenal

VICTORIA CONCORDIA CRESCIT!!!

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg

Is that you, Harry?

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Ok I vengefully agree with some points but applauding then as Champions of Europe???
I vomited in my mouth a bit, pls take such statements far away from here.

Hantal
Hantal

In my mind a solid defence is a foundation. We do not have that.

I don’t want a mourinho style clean sheet above all else but far more balance would be nice

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Spuds scoring that late goal made me sick.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

I don’t see the spuds beating Liverpool