From 'Invincibles' to under-achievers

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The 2003-04 English Premier League season showed the world "The Invincibles".

Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to an impressive undefeated season. Since then, the Gunners have been anything but impressive.

There has been a lot of talent and potential in the squad. However, the club has struggled to keep many key players. Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left London in 2011 in pursuit of trophies. Since their departures, Fabregas has won titles with Barcelona and Nasri has done the same with Manchester City. In 2012, lead striker, Robin van Persie parted ways with the club for the same reason. He looks to be well on his way to a title winning campaign with league leaders Manchester United. 

All three of these players were very valuable to Arsenal. More and more fans are becoming upset over the fact that their best players are leaving and little is being done to keep them. Arsenal has become a development academy for other clubs rather than a top club challenging for titles. 

A successful season is winning championships. It is not aiming for a top four finish. That is what has become the norm in North London. The organisation is content with a qualifying spot for the UEFA Champions League.

Arsene Wenger is partly to blame for this. He has publicly announced that a fourth place finish this season would be the equivalent to winning a trophy. He needs to do something to get his players motivated and statements like this will do the exact opposite. 

The Arsenal fans want trophies. With the current system in place, an "invincible" season will remain a piece of history.


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