Arsenal fans have always seemed to remain 50-50 on their chances of winning trophies over the past five or so years. However, in looking forward to this season, fans of the Gunners have an entirely new outlook on the club, which falls on the side of extremely pessimistic.
It suffices to say, if Arsenal don’t make any significant signings or improve their performances on the field, it could be too late for Arsenal to challenge for a top four position, let alone challenge for a Premier League.
Yes, it’s still very early in the season. But reigning champions Manchester United have added several big-name signings in Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea; Chelsea will have a full season of Fernando Torres, who has looked like the Torres of old so far; Liverpool look much stronger than last season, with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez up front and Steven Gerrard still to return from injury after missing the majority of last season; Manchester City are genuine title contenders with their ultra-strong line-up that consists of Kun Aguero, David Silva and ex-Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, who will complete his move before the end of the week; arch-rival Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Redknapp are also an ever-present danger.
With all those factors to consider, it may not surprise many to see Arsenal playing Europa League football next season. Here are a few reasons why.