It’s like watching a replay isn’t it. Every year since Arsenal last won the Premier League back in 2004, the Gunners have consistently failed to meet expectations. Seen as one of the top clubs in all of English football, Arsenal continues to underachieve in the Premier League year after year despite the amount of talent that the squad has.
While this year is no different in that very category, supporters of the Gunners could be about to enter one of the roughest stretches in club history. Club stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will see their contracts expire this summer and both have indicated that they will almost certainly be taking their talents elsewhere from next season forward.
Club captain Per Mertesacker is set to retire at the end of the campaign as well while talented players Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere could also be set to depart North London once their contracts expire this offseason. While Wilshere and Cazorla have faced injury issues over the years, both are still talented players that should command at least some transfer value.
With the potential for these five players to leave on free transfers this summer, Arsenal could miss out on a payday valued at £128.70 million by transfermarkt. Combine this with the Gunners current sixth place in the table and Arsenal could be seeing their status as one of England’s top teams slip away.
Currently five points back of fourth place Liverpool, Arsenal currently also risks missing out on Champions League football for the second straight season. Because of this, one can assume that their ability to lure quality replacements for the departing Sanchez and Ozil will be hurt, potentially leading Arsenal down a perilous path.
For a club with as much history and success as Arsenal has had, especially when it comes to Champions League qualification over the last few decades, the Gunners could be about to find themselves in the same style of rut that Liverpool was faced with over the last two decades.
Adding to all of this is the fact that Arsene Wenger has clearly worn out his welcome at the Emirates. While he will always be a club legend due to his time and overall success with the club, Wenger’s time has long past. With his results worsening by the year, the club will have a tough decision to make this summer seeing as his contract runs through the 18-19 campaign.
Combining all of these factors together shows us a sad picture. Arsenal find themselves likely entering a crossroads in the coming weeks and months. If the club fail to respond and turn things around in a hurry, their status as one of England’s top clubs could be in jeopardy, both in the short and long term.