Unai Emery has asked Arsenal’s supporters to have confidence in him as he embarks on a long-term rebuilding process in North London.
The ex-PSG boss’s first season in charge broken in a chastening 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday night.
The game represented their last chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League, after a fifth-place finish in the Premier League.
Emery accredited that a place in Europe’s premier club competition was an ambition, he hadn’t achieved, but said that the Gunners had progressed in his first season.
“Really the first target has not been achieved this year, but I think we are closer, firstly in the Premier League, and second in this competition, playing the final.
“Next year is a big challenge for us to take one more step on our way, in our will with the young players.