Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly yet expecting different results. The banality of opening a feature with a quote aside, it would not be wholly out of place to level this accusation at Arsenal.
Now Arsenal do not have it bad by any means. Fans of Newcastle or Portsmouth will rightfully scoff at any talk of hardship.
However, among teams of their stature, who harbor domestic and European ambitions every season, their relative rate of failure is unacceptable.
For the last five seasons, Arsenal have consistently fallen victim to the same mistakes. Their players have let the fans down time and time again. Therefore, in this feature, I pick out five players whose careers at Arsenal, for one reason or another, need to be brought to a close.
There remains a great chance that Arsene Wenger will not see it this way, but nevertheless, for these five players, time may be up.