It was recently described as Arsene Wenger’s most successful season, provided he secures Champions League football. The idea was that the manager was punching well above his weight with a team who were far from good enough to overcome others in the race for a top four spot. Whichever way you want to look at it, Arsenal should never have allowed themselves to be relegated to such a position in English football.
But failed challenges for trophies right across the board have reduced Arsenal to this. Not only that, but we’ve continued to see a shift from the football that was once such a big part of this club’s identity. The attractive, expansive football is no longer on show, something which, on occasion, has helped to soothe the disappointment of a lack of silverware.
Disappointingly, this season has been marred by negatives, with only the real and sustained positives coming in these last two months. It will all count for nothing, however, if Arsenal has little to show in the way of European football next season.