Written by @caedaknight
The recent period of turmoil that Arsenal have descended into is evidently a cause for concern, with the increasingly difficult task of remaining relevant on the world's stage exerting an immense pressure on the club's reputation. However, is this period of poor form going to transpire into a significant period of mediocrity where the once certain bounty of champions league qualification is quickly becoming an elusive luxury?
At the time of writing Arsenal have already suffered seven defeats in the Premier League, whilst crashing out in the third round of the FA cup and sitting 8 points away from fourth place. Many attribute this recent decline to the highly controversial manager, Arsene Wenger, who despite winning three FA cups in four years is becoming a catalyst for unrest at the club. Others maintain that it is the board filled with heartless corporate giants such as Stan Kronke and Gazides that limit the ambition and success of the club. The fact of the matter is this is no longer a bad period of form and it is truly depressing as an Arsenal fan to accept a new period of instability and underachievement to envelope the club.
It is looking increasingly likely that the club are going to miss out on a Champions League spot for the second consecutive season and with the imminent retirement of Arsene Wenger, drastic measures must be taken to avoid replicating the implosion of Man United after Alex Ferguson left in 2013. The club have already made steps in the right direction by employing a new head of transfers Sven Mislintat, who has already seemed to eradicate Arsenal's timid and stingy business approach. This was reflected in the January transfer window as Arsenal were able to bag Aubameyang and Mhikitariyan whilst tying Ozil down to the club until 2021. Although we were successful with our purchases, we also lost our talisman Alexis Sanchez to Man united in a calamitous contract situation.
As Arsenal head into Saturday's clash with Everton, it is hoped the team will soon re-find their flowing form and re-occupuy our designated position of fourth. However until there is change at Arsenal FC, this persistent sense of disappointment and embarrassment will become all too frequent over the coming years.