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At 63 years of age, there is still plenty of gas left in Arsene Wenger's tank.
The question remains, though: Where do Arsenal and Arsene go from here?
There is little doubt that the Gunners have been asset stripped since 2004 by a board who continue to make profits year on year.
From the highs of doubles, unbeaten seasons and influencing the entire English game, Arsene Wenger is now in the unhappy place of being looked upon as being on his downturn.
The club have not helped his cause by holding onto the purse strings, but Wenger is complicit in this by backing their economic stance and refusing to repair the obvious problems in his team.
Profits are great, and Arsenal continue to be the fourth-highest wage-spending team in the Premier League. But it would seem that "breaking even" has become a dirty phrase in the corridors of power at the Emirates.
The Gunners' cause has not been helped by the rise of Chelsea or Manchester City or by the gradual improvement of Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs' rise has coincided with Arsenal's fall, and at this very moment in time it mirrors the changing of the guard in the late-'80s.
During that period, Spurs were the dominant force in North London and had a similar top four record to the modern Gunners. However, Irving Scholar took over the club in the late-'80s and immediately set about selling star players and asset stripping the club.
Arsenal took advantage with a good manager in George Graham, and the rest is history.
Are Spurs now in the same place as Arsenal were in the mid-to-late-'80s? Are Arsenal in the same place as Spurs?
If the current trend continues, the power will shift, and Spurs will go on to challenge for the title.
Arsenal will only have themselves to blame for their demise, and Arsene Wenger owns a large portion of the blame.
Only time will tell if the current trend has gone too far or of Wenger can repair the damage. To do it, he will need to rebuild his team completely.
Without that, Arsenal will never challenge for another trophy under Arsene Wenger.
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