With the season coming to a close, Arsenal are set to go an eighth straight year without a trophy. 

Years of success and trophies for Arsene Wenger were great for the Gunners -  however in recent time Wenger has struggled to maintain his incredibly high standards at the north London outfit. 

Here we look at the reasons for this, and what exactly has gone right and wrong for the Gunners in the past eight years. 

Transfer policy

Arsenal's transfer policy in the last eight years has been nothing less than controversial. Star players leaving, 'second-rate' players brought in to plug the gaps - losing out in the chase for top players are just a few of Arsenal's transfer policy's problems to name. 

The biggest star to leave Arsenal was definitely Thierry Henry. A legend, "The King" - what Arsenal fans call him. Perhaps Henry left for footballing reasons, knowing that Arsenal's "Golden Era" was coming to an end. He may also have wanted to add a  Champions League winners medal to his trophy cabinet.

One former Arsenal star to leave the club was the traitorous Samir Nasri. He claimed that he left for "footballing reasons" but not many would believe him. Manchester United wanted him but he joined City purely for a £170,000-a-week salary.

Players such as Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor, Alexander Hleb all played their best football at Arsenal. The final nail in the coffin was the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United last summer. 

With these many star players leaving the club, Wenger merely signed "second-rate" players. Olivier Giroud, Gervinho, Chamakh were brought in to help Arsenal "win" trophies.

Any fan would find it unbelievable that such players would be able to fill the huge shoes of their predecessors. 

Of course. Wenger deserves some credit for some value-for-money signings such as Santi Cazola, Nacho Monreal and Arteta among others. 

Still, Arsenal's transfer policy has been largely unsuccessful and unpopular in the eyes of many Gooners.

Mindset

Perhaps it's Wenger's fault that both Arsenal players and fans think fourth place is a "trophy". For a club like Arsenal, qualifying for the Champions League is crucial but definitely not a trophy. 

Instead of fighting for honours, the club choses to focus on securing Champions League qualification. 

For a proud and glorious club like Arsenal, this mindset will only put Arsenal on a path similar to Liverpool. 

Still, it is not to late for Arsenal. If they start righting the wrongs, we could be seeing them competing against the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United in the next couple of seasons.

 

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