Hector Bellerin admits Arsenal have learned a lot of lessons in a challenging first season under Unai Emery.
The Gunners lost 4-1 to bitter rivals Chelsea FC in the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday night after Alex Iwobi netted what ultimately proved to be a consolation goal.
Arsenal will have to make do with another season in the Europa League after their inconsistent results in the final weeks of the Premier League campaign resulted in a fifth-placed finish.
Emery took over the reins from Arsene Wenger last summer but the Spanish head coach has been unable to make drastic improvements to their defence.
The Spanish head coach did manage to get the best out of attacking duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Bellerin suffered a season-ending knee injury in a 2-0 victory over Chelsea FC at The Emirates back in January.
The Spain international was limited to 18 appearances in the Premier League in an injury-hit campaign for the right-back.
However, Bellerin is optimistic that the Arsenal squad can come back stronger next term.
Bellerin wrote on Twitter: “It’s been a season with loads of learnings for everyone as a collective. The result was one which hurt us all. We’ll continue to work hard and get the club back to where it belongs. Thank you again for all the support this season. ”
Arsenal haven’t finished in the Premier League’s top four since 2016-17 season.
The Gunners have lost in the Europa League final and semi-finals in their last two campaigns.
Emery’s side finished 28 points behind champions Manchester City.