In the last few seasons, Arsenal seems to be slipping more and more behind the teams occupying the Champions League spots. For two decades, the team from north London were ensconced in those top-four positions.
However, standards have slipped dramatically at Arsenal in recent years, while their rivals have improved, mostly down to spending big on quality players.
Arsenal not spending big this summer
Arsenal have not spent money in the same dramatic fashion as some of their rivals in recent years. When the Gunners have spent big in the transfer market it has produced mixed results, German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi being the perfect example of the bad and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the good.
This summer’s spending could be even less than previous windows. That seems strange considering the massive gap between the Gunners and the top four.
Big spending does not always bring success. However, it is more difficult to unearth hidden gems than ever in the modern age. Quality established players cost money and it seems the Gunners are not prepared to splash out on quality players.
Is the hierarchy happy with Arsenal’s position?
When Arsenal were finishing in the top-four on an annual basis, the clubs hierarchy seemed happy with the clubs situation, as they were pocketing the riches that Champions League football brings with it.
However, surely they cannot be happy with the Gunners being the sixth best team in the country. Surely that will affect their investment in the club.
If they are happy then the fans should be concerned. As we know Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the history of English football, trophy-wise and prestige wise. If the rumours of a £50million transfer are true, then that seems to be the hierarchy accepting mediocrity.
Arsenal outsiders to claim a top-four spot
Arsenal are outsiders to claim a Champions League spot next season at odds of 2/1. It is clear to see that the bookmakers do not believe that the Gunners will strengthen their squad significantly to challenge for the top-four.
There is still plenty of time to go in the summer transfer window. However, the names being linked with the Gunners at the minute o not suggest that a turnaround in fortunes is imminent in north London.
I like Unai Emery, but even the Spaniard will have problems turning the current squad into a top-four outfit without significant signings.
Does Arsenal have a realistic chance of a top-four finish next season?