This season taught us many lessons.
With the topsy-turvy nature of our campaign – three managers, a gap in the season caused by a worldwide pandemic and performances that went from atrocious to sublime in the space of a match – sometimes in the same game – we learned plenty about our side and their capabilities.
One lesson we really should ram home that we discovered is that we have plenty of catching up to do.
And with our rivals already acting in the transfer market, we also need to patch up the holes in our squad so we can compete on a level playing field.
The top two were an absolute chasm away from us in terms of points and consistency. Champions Liverpool seem to have a very balanced squad and the one perceived weakness in their pool has already been rectified. The Reds have purchased Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos as cover.
City? They have already signed Ferran Torres from Valencia, which means they are blessed with even more width than they already had – and with the addition of Nathan Ake, they have strengthened their backline.
Then you get to the chasing pack – which were between ten and seven points ahead of us at the end of the last season.
Chelsea have acted strongly, already completing the signings of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax – two signings that will radically change how they play. If they complete the signing of German playmaker Kai Havertz? Chelsea could well be knocking on the door next season.
Then you get to Leicester City and Manchester United.
City really should have finished third last season, if not for a spectacular collapse after football returned from its hiatus. They have a strong squad already and haven’t yet signed anyone - which does give us a chance to claw back some of the gap between us.
With United, they will be in the market for big players with big money. Jadon Sancho is one name that is being mentioned and with Mason Greenwood having one season under his belt, they will be stronger even if they don’t act heavily in the market.
We have a world class attack, but our midfield needs options and we certainly need some true class in our backline.
If Mikel Arteta can do that and have the likes of Willian adding experience and proven quality to our mix, we could realistically achieve top 4.
That really is the target next season.
No pressure Mikel!