Arsene Wenger wasn’t all smiles in his post match comments, despite his side winning 4-0 against Aston Villa and securing second place.
Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick sent the Gunners on their way against lowly Villa, before a Mark Bunn own-goal compunded the visitors’ misery.
The Frenchman believes his side should have mounted a more serious challenge, but admitted the day did bring some satisfaction.
“We are second in the league and we wanted to be first, but you cannot say first is good and all the rest is rubbish. We have made over 70 pts and in the Premier League that’s not easy.
We don’t start the season thinking we want to finish above Tottenham, we start the season thinking we want to win the league. For a while we believed we could do it.
“But I think we kept going until the end. The only target before the game was to finish second and we achieved it, so at least today the supporters had some satisfaction.”
Arsene Wenger had a message for Aston Villa, who were comfortably relegated from the Barclays Premier League with 17 points.
“Villa should normally stay for just one year in the Championship,” the 66-year-old said.
“It’s a club who will be sold, I’ve heard.
“It is down to who will buy the club and how quickly, what will be the technical policy of the club and how much investment there will be.
“It’s also down to how you recover mentally because most of the time it is very difficult to cope, especially a club who is not used to going down.
“It will also be about how quickly the club can renew the squad and adjust.”