i posted on here a few years ago that we were turning into Newcastle.The "be careful what you wish for" lot are back reminding us that we didn't realise how well Wenger was doing to keep winning the fourth place trophy. But in truth, the alarm bells were ringing ever more loudly during those years. We left it way too late to get rid of him, and left ourselves in a position where we could not recruit a successor capable of rebuilding the squad effectively.
It is very rare that I dsagree with any of Kevin Witcher's wise words in his editorial articles, but in a recent one he tried to find some perspective along the lines of "these things go in cycles.....we may not be at the bottom of ours yet, but our turn will come again".
I am not sure I share that sanguine view. For every Liverpool there is a Preston - a genuinely massive club in their day but who are never going to recapture past glories. Huddersfield, Villa, Newcastle and Leeds may not seem like big clubs now but if you care to look at the history books they were once giants of the game. And Spurs fans from the 60s have waited a little while for their time to come round again. Just because our hollow shell of a club still has the name Arsenal, it doesn't mean we will sort t out any time soon, or ever.
I fear this is more than just a blip in our proud history like the mid 70s or mid 80s. At best it is the Arsenal of the late 50s and early 60s. At worst, we are on our way to becoming as obsolete as once proud Preston.
like us they won 3 FA Cups in quick succession in the 1950s, and then nothing, although their fans still turn up in huge numbers.
I'm getting to the point where i think we should look forward to the Europa League game next week - it could be our last appearance in Europe for years.