After their 4-1 thrashing by Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku, Unai Emery said, some players may have to leave Arsenal as part of the team’s rebuilding effort. Second-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro, and a double from Eden Hazard ensured Arsenal failed to win their fourth successive European final. Emery said his team, who finished fifth in the Premier League, were still very much in a “process” and he would evaluate his options over the summer.
“We need to speak with the club, speak with the players, and do one step more in our way. “But our idea is to continue carrying on improving with the young players who arrived last year. “Maybe some players need to leave, to take a new way. We are closer to the other teams. “At the moment it’s not enough, but we can continue with the same team next year. “Other players will come in and help us get better in our capacity,” the manager said.
According to him, the defeat suffered in the hands of Chelsea means that they failed to earn a spot in next season’s Champions League for the third successive season. He said that another Europa League campaign would not put off potential targets joining the club. “I think Arsenal is a big name in the football world, and a lot of players want to play here. “The transfers, I don’t know for next year. But the club is working to improve and to take all we need to go our way.
“Also, we have a lot of players with the possibility to improve,” he added. Emery, however, conceded that Chelsea deserved the victory, saying, “we tried to stay in the match but their second goal made it difficult for us. “It was going better for them and when we wanted to do something, we couldn’t find what we needed to score. “They deserved to win.”