Sixteen years ago, Arsenal were not just the kings of north London or the capital itself, but the entirety of England – and they did it without losing a single game. Since that magical season, the Gunners have slid down the Premier League table, and when they finally ended their nine-year trophy drought after they lifted the FA Cup in 2013-14, it was supposed to springboard the club back to the top. It has not quite gone as planned.
Yes, Arsenal won the prestigious cup the following year and again in 2016-17, but the club have struggled immensely since, missing out on UEFA Champions League football for the first time since Arsene Wenger had arrived in 1996. After another disappointing season, Wenger headed to the exit and was replaced by Unai Emery, who oversaw a dismal career in north London; a Europa League final appearance was the highlight in his short reign. Now it is former-midfielder and club captain Mikel Arteta’s turn to try and bring the club back to the fore – although it appears even a European place in any capacity is going to be hard to come by at the season’s end.
Since the Premier League resumed in England, Arsenal have struggled. A resounding 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City – and David Luiz – was followed up by a shocking 2-1 loss to struggling Brighton. A win over Southampton has steadied the ship – but for how long?