Arsenal's fourth-place finish was one place worse than last season, but the Gunners bettered their points total by three, scored just two fewer goals without Robin van Persie and conceded 12 fewer. Finishing fourth—and taking pride in it—compares poorly to Arsene Wenger's glory days, but signs of progress are emerging.
In 2012 Arsenal earned £103.2 million in matchday revenue, according to Deloitte. The club recently signed a highly lucrative shirt-sponsorship deal with Puma. The deal has been described as the "biggest kit contract in Britain" by Yahoo! Eurosport.
Despite outstanding debt from construction of the Emirates, the club is in good financial position. The squad will likely stay together this summer, and funds are reportedly available to strengthen in key areas (via Sky Sports).
Arsenal have consistently qualified for Europe and maintained sound financial health without overspending. Now is the time to build.
With Champions League football once again assured, the club can keep luring top players to North London. But that will cost money.
After a long trophy drought, Arsenal could be poised for success in 2013-14.