Arsenal of late have been consistently celebrating a top 4 finish in the Premier League, thanks to their manager Arsene Wenger, who feels that Champions League qualification is a trophy in itself worth aspiring for. The Gunners have flattered themselves in the past by believing that participating every year in the Champions League, despite not being able to compete financially with the big spenders in the league is worthy of praise, but the reality is that our club has not been able to produce success on the football pitch over the last eight years.
A team that won trophies for fun in its first decade under Wenger, is now a rank outsider as the contender for the Premier League, a fact verified by looking at the betting odds on Betfair.com. They finally have a golden chance though to break their trophy drought by winning the FA Cup this year, which also incidentally happens to be the last trophy they won, back in 2005.
Hence, they will have to win at all costs to keep their pride intact this season, failing would for sure open them up to ridicule for their inability to compete for trophies at the highest level once again.
While most Arsenal fans would have taken an FA Cup win and a fourth place finish at the start of this season, the Gunners’ capitulation from being table toppers to being mere 4th place contenders again has raised plenty of alarms.
With their stadium debt now all but cleared, the onus will now be on the team to kick on from this season and genuinely challenge for the Premier League next season by bringing in an influx of top quality players, who can give them the edge in big games.