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Why Arsenal boss Unai Emery has one major concern about Gunners

The Gunners ended the campaign in fifth-place, despite being within touching distance of a Champions League spot towards the business end of the season.

Defeats to Brighton, Leicester and Crystal Palace in the final few weeks of the campaign ruined any chance of Arsenal leapfrogging rivals Tottenham into fourth.

And the north London outfit then blew another chance of securing a seat at Europe’s top table by losing the Europa League final 4-1 to Chelsea.

Emery is attempting to get to the bottom of why his side capitulated in both the league and abroad – and is concerned his methods may have brought on fatigue.

The Spaniard is known for his tough training sessions and has been asking players, staff and coaches for their opinions on whether that was a key reason for a poor end to his debut season.

“We are calm and I am positive for our future,” said Emery after the Europa League final.

“We are a big team and Arsenal are a big name in the football world. A lot of players want to play here.

“We are in one process and we need to be strong in our way. The idea at the start (of the season) was to get more competitive as a team, get closer to the other teams, and we did that.

“It is not enough yet, but next season we have to continue in our mind.

“I don’t know about transfers for next year but the club is working.

“We have a lot of players with the possibility to improve – a lot of young players.”

Emery is once again set to be handed a minuscule budget by the Arsenal board this summer.

The club will spend around £40m of their own money and will rely on player sales to fund any other business in the coming months.

Arsenal have been linked with moves for Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano in recent weeks.

Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac could be sold to raise funds.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/783816/Arsenal-news-Unai-Emery-concerned

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