When it finally seemed that Arsenal had turned the corner, the same innate problems have emerged to derail their season at the most crucial of junctures. Whether it’s a lack of squad depth, lack of ‘character’, a lengthy injury list or an inability to win the big matches, Arsenal have suffered them all.
As their FA Cup charge has rolled on their European and Premier League campaigns have come to a grinding halt, giving the season a real sense of ‘one step forwards, two steps back’.
But for all the fears currently surrounding the club, this Arsenal side has proven itself stronger so far, mounting a title challenge with much more belief to it than previous seasons.
They may be lagging behind now, but the distance isn’t insurmountable. Whether it’s with or without Arsene Wenger, here are five ways Arsenal can take themselves a step further next season.