From the outset, Arsenal look like a club in decline.
For the first time in 16 years, there is a realistic chance they may miss out on the Champions League. The consequences could be disastrous for them: A side who struggle to shell out top prices for players will only find things harder; their successful business model relies on the money they bring in from participation in Europe’s premier club competition.
Oh, and they have also not won a single trophy for nearly eight years either.
However, behind all the doom and gloom, there are reasons to believe that Arsenal are moving in the right direction. This may not mean instant success, but it may at least give them a bigger chance of claiming a trophy than they have had in recent times.