Despite being pushed hard by Everton, Arsenal have confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League by securing fourth place in the Premier League this season.
With the chance to win the FA Cup also meaning the potential to end a nine-year silverware drought, some Gunners will be relatively happy with this season’s achievements.
However, given that Arsenal were the form side of the campaign for the first half of the season and looked set to pose a real title threat, the nature of their capitulation after the turn of the year is disappointing.
First-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has admitted that the Gunners should not be overly happy with fourth place and need to battle for top spot next season.
"We should be fighting for the title," the Pole told The Guardian.
"I believe we should be in a position to challenge to win the Premier League. But we dropped some important points and lost games and had a new challenge, to finish fourth when we weren't probably the favourites to do that.
"At least we managed to do that for our fans and hopefully we'll manage to get the FA Cup for them.
"I never considered fourth place before the start of the season as a successful season and a good position. I play for Arsenal because I want to win the title every year.
"Obviously, at some point, when you lose games and you lose the chance to fight for the title, then the new challenge is to secure the Champions League spot and that was the aim this season but I wouldn't have taken it last summer."
Arsenal are expected to add two or three new players to their squad ahead of next season that could well close the gap on the title frontrunners.
Arsene Wenger has highlighted injuries to the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil as a key reason for the club’s failure to pose a title threat this season.