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Where do Arsenal go now after securing Champions League football?

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With Manchester City's hard fought display against Everton on Sunday, which ended in a 3-2 win for the title contenders, Everton's faint hopes of playing in the Champions League ended. They now lie four points behind Arsenal with just the final game of the season to play.

We will take a look at just how Arsenal managed to secured a top four finish and how they should look to improve for next season. 

At the start of the season, The Gunners looked like the team to beat, with their dominating midfield and on-form Olivier Giroud they were proving true title contenders. However by the halfway mark, they began to lose it and some would say are lucky to have a chance at the Champions League next year. 

Against the three clubs above them (Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea) and the team below (Everton), Arsenal have a record of 1W 3D 4L this season. They scored 8 goals in the process while conceding 21 goals. The only victory they managed was a 2-0 home win over Liverpool, while they suffered some heavy losses like the 6-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge. So with these stats, how have Arsenal managed to stay in the top four? 

Well surprisingly, Arsene Wenger's men have actually spent the most days at the top position of the Barclays Premier League.

That is all due to the impressive form at the start of the season. The midfield looked unstoppable with Aaron Ramsey stepping up to the plate and playing alongside the world class talent of Mesut Ozil.

Giroud was being served opportunities to score on a golden plate, and he kept taking them. After a slow start on the first day of the season when they lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, they went on to win eight of their next 10 matches. Giroud and Ramsey were rocketing the top scorers chart and Arsenal looked like the team to beat.

However, as fans of the Gunners said, the players took advantage of this lead and they began to falter. Arsenal's lead began to slip, but fans still had hope that they would regain their form.

They did for a while, but hit with injuries to key players in the likes of Ramsey, Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere, Arsenal were barely scraping by.

In February, they picked up seven points of a possible 12 as they managed to secure wins against some of the lower teams, but they lost 5-1 to Liverpool in what seemed to show they were not fully capable of winning the league. 

This point was further emphasised as in March, the London based club won just one of five games, and they were humiliated by their London rivals Chelsea losing 6-0. In May they won three out of four league games which showed they began to regain form, however it was too late and the damage had already been done.

Arsenal's players due to injury and not 'taking it seriously' as described by some fans, now have to settle for what looks like a 4th place finish. 

So how can they come back stronger and more consistent next season? Certainly this season will be a learning step for them. They know they can't take advantage of the position they're in and have to keep the quality of football the same every match.

The Gunners will hope to avoid long-term injuries to key players like that of Aaron Ramsey so that they have their very best on the field. Arsene Wenger needs to use his years of experience and gain control of his team so that they know they don't get complacent.

The club should also look at bringing in a a few new players to the Emirates. Certainly finding a talented striker who would give Giroud competition upfront would be key as Arsenal faithfuls begin to loose hope in the misfiring Frenchman.

As long as they can keep fit the midfield should be ok, however Wenger needs to find a solid defensive midfielder as everyone in the midfield seems keen to push up the field. The paring of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielney has been very strong this season, a talented back-up for the pair would be a good piece of transfer business for Arsenal. 

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