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Arsenal could be the new Nottingham Forest

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Arsenal should learn from Forest's mistake (©GettyImages)
Arsenal should learn from Forest's mistake (©GettyImages).

The best way to predict the future is look at the actions of the past. 

In the 1975/76 season, Brian Clough took over as manager of Nottingham Forest. Before his arrival the club had finished 16th in the second tier of English football. 

In the season when he took over they managed to rise to 8th. Forest were promoted into the England’s first division a year later.

The fans already loved him but couldn’t be prepared for what happened the next season. Forest became one of three teams that have been promoted into Division 1 and then won it the following year in 1978. They placed second behind Liverpool the next season, but won the European Cup. 

In 1979/80, although placing 5th in the league, they yet again triumphed to another European Cup, beating Hamburg in the final in Madrid. Now who could have thought that a club that have won two of the most prestigious awards in world football could get relegated under the same manager?  

Clough revolutionised Nottingham Forest. Yes, Clough won the league title, something no Nottingham Forest fans could have dreamed of. But, if your club is beginning to under-perform to your expectations, your manager needs to go. Forest were relegated in 1993, finishing bottom of the Premiership.

So how does this relate to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. 

Wenger is held in extremely high regard to all football fans after coming third in his first season and then winning the double in his second. In 2003/04 he led Arsenal to an unbeaten Premier League season. 

In 2004/05, Arsenal won the FA Cup, beating Manchester United on penalties.

Since then, he has failed to win anything apart from a place in the Champions League. Arsenal have not finished higher than third since the 2005. 

Is Arsenal's expectation to be a good team in England or the best? The fans want to win the league, so why hasn’t Wenger gone?

Now who could have thought that a club that have won two of the most prestigious awards in the world could get relegated under the same manager?

The best way to predict the future is look at the actions of the past.

 

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