Unai Emery says Arsenal will treat the 17-day gap before our Europa League final with Chelsea like it’s an Interlull.
The Gunners ended the domestic campaign with a 3-1 at Burnley but it wasn’t enough to claim a position in the top four.
Our fifth-place finish in the Premier League table puts added pressure on our trip to Baku with a much coveted Champions League spot up for grabs, as well as the club’s first piece of European silverware in 25 years.
“We prepare like when it’s an international break,” Emery told his post-game press conference at Turf Moor.
“We will have two days off and for the first week we will not be thinking about the final.
“We will train three days in London and then next weekend we will have it off and then we will start on Tuesday in London with three days training preparing with all of our focus on the final.
“We will go to Baku three or four days before the final, Saturday I think, and prepare for the match over the last three training sessions. It’s the same as when we have an international break.”
Given we finished within two points of third place Chelsea, there’s a real feeling that had we kept our shit together in the last month, we might have coasted into the Champions League positions. Alas, it wasn’t to be.
Not for the first time, Emery stressed that we’re progressing. “Yes [today’s win], it gives us 70 points – not enough for the top four but we are progressing and we work on being consistent,” he said.
“We can’t be 100 per cent happy but today and all the season, the players worked well to do our process of improving and to be closer to the top four.
“We finished a very big distance behind Liverpool and City, but closer to Chelsea and Tottenham.
“Our idea is to continue with our process. Individually, we can take some objectives.
“It’s good that Aubameyang [won the Golden Boot]. Every player works for the team and to help each other to [give] their capacity.
“Aubameyang is our striker with Lacazette and Nketiah, who has the possibility to improve with us. We can be pleased with him.”