For much of the season, Arsenal led the charge for the title, playing some of the best football in the league and winning games at a canter.
While the campaign ended horribly with Arsenal winning just three of their last nine games, few can deny it wasn’t an incredible season with huge strides made ahead of next year.
3 key takeaways from Arsenal’s 2022/23 season
1. Depth still isn’t strong enough
The Arsenal first 11, plus Jorginho, Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior have shown that they can beat anyone this season, but once you go past those players, the cracks start to show, and it cost them this season.
This may have not been a problem pre-Pep Guardiola, but the machine he’s cultivated at City has meant that any drop in points will be punished, and when Arsenal suffered injuries in key positions, the level dropped significantly.
This would be the case for most teams, except City, who have 18 outfield players who can be called upon at any time without weakening the team, and that is now the bar for Arsenal to reach; we are no longer a club trying to break into the top four.
As the summer approaches, Arteta will very much know his targets, and more specifically the areas where he absolutely has to upgrade, and with Granit Xhaka leaving, along with some squad players, a busy summer is to be expected.
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