Under Mikel Arteta however, a rejuvenated youthful squad is on the brink of a return to the top level of European football. The Gunners currently sit in fourth place, four points off local rivals Tottenham, who they face on Thursday night in what looks to be one of the biggest north London derbies for a very long time.
While they may only be fourth, Arsenal have the third-most wins in the league (behind the dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool) and are on track to outscore Manchester United’s 74 points which was enough for second last year.
There has been evident improvement since the Spaniard took over, and with the youngest squad in the league for almost every game-week this season, things only seem to be on the up for a group of fans who have so often been left disappointed in recent years.
Arteta remains grounded when asked about his squad and where they will be in the future, but Arsenal fans have a lot to be optimistic about. Even if they don’t manage to qualify for the Champions League this season, the improvement in almost every department is clear to see.