So, there we have it. Leicester City are champions of the Premier League and Arsenal – not Tottenham – get the silver medal.
The Gunners have endured a difficult, trophyless campaign but their final day 4-0 thumping of relegated Aston Villa coupled with Spurs’ 5-1 battering by Newcastle means they have finished second for the first time since the 2004/2005 season.
However, finishing above their fierce rivals should not be used to paper over the cracks. Arsene Wenger deserves more from his players and the Frenchman does not warrant the criticism often aimed at him.
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Three Arsenal players, in particular, must be better next year to spare Wenger from the supporters' fury.
Though he has enjoyed a fine season, Alexis Sanchez’s performances this year were a far cry from the ones that had Arsenal fans drooling when he signed from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
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The Chilean international started the season brightly, bagging a spectacular hat-trick against Leicester and scoring twice in a 3-0 thumping of Manchester United, but his form has waned since the turn of the year.
He was widely criticised for his two uninspiring displays as Arsenal were dumped out of the Champions League by Barca in February.
But Sanchez is a quality player and will no doubt be aiming to improve next season, that is, if the club can keep him from leaving for Serie A titans Juventus, who are reportedly interested.
There can be no denying that Jack Wilshere possesses unbelievable talent, but time is running out for the midfielder to prove his worth to the Gunners.
The 24-year-old, who has managed to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championships this summer despite playing just twice all season, needs to stay fit next year.
Wilshere has averaged just 20 games a season for the past three years and, with Wenger possessing the likes of Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, the England midfielder cannot afford any more time on the sidelines.
While he cannot always control his injuries, he must still do his utmost to play regularly for the club he loves or face leaving in a year’s time.
There came a time where Theo Walcott was once regarded as the hottest prospect in English football, but the 27-year-old has never quite lived up to his potential.
He started the season as Wenger’s first-choice striker but was upstaged by Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck as the campaign wore on.
His poor year means he will not be at the Euros this summer and a move to West Ham could be on the cards.
However, if he stays in North London, then the ex-Southampton winger must regain Wenger's faith in him, which looks as though it could be wobbling.
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