Mikel Arteta's first full season in charge of Arsenal will be remembered primarily for the wrong reasons.
The Gunners, on the other hand, are quietly gaining momentum ahead of next season, having won their past four Premier League games and beating Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge.
They also have the third best record versus “The Big Six,” with 13 points, ahead of Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur.
The North Londoners have struggled against clubs further down the ladder, as they have been vulnerable to counter-attacks and have unable to break down low blocks.
The greatest lights of Arsenal's season have been Emile Smith Rowe's breakthrough, Bukayo Sake's surprisingly mature performances, and Martin Odegaard's wonderfully mature performances; although, the latter is poised to return to Real Madrid.
Arsenal have identified alternative targets if Odegaard returns to Spain, according to reports from The Daily Mail, and the favorite appears to be Norwich City midfielder Emiliano Buendia.
This season, the Argentinean playmaker has been nothing short of spectacular for the Canaries, scoring 15 goals and providing 17 assists in 39 appearances as Daniel Farke's team achieved promotion to the Premier League for the first time.
Arsenal has long been a fan of the 24-year-old, reportedly showing interest in bringing him to the Emirates after Norwich was relegated last season.
Norwich, on the other hand, will not willingly part with one of their cherished assets, and it is expected that a large price of about £40 million will be required to entice him away from Carrow Road.
With Arsenal once again missing out on a place in the Champions League, it may be a necessary cost to pay to bring much-needed innovation to Arsenal's front line.