There was a time when Arsenal were the Invincibles, and the players wanted to join Arsene Wenger's side to make their mark in Premier League football. Since then, Arsenal have failed to do justice to their billing and has fallen off the radar.
They seems to be reluctant to aim for anything above a Champions League spot and a place above north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal over the last eight seasons seemed to be happy celebrating their entry into Champions League, but failed to arrest the slide that was happening to their image.
Over the seasons Arsenal's top players have left the club every summer and their tactician replaced them with upcoming youngsters from France. But that has increased the damage to the club in the long run as proved by the things happening nowadays.
They might have a strong youth team, but that is not enough to prepare them for a Premier League title challenge, and the players have realised this. Wenger's reluctance to buy quality players has created their own graveyard.
Arsenal are now in a precarious position, they are failing to attract big players to the Emirates. Even when the money is available, they are failing to strengthen their squad and the seem to be falling off the radar with every passing season.
Where has its appeal gone? When players like Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Gustavo prefers Serie A and Bundesliga clubs over a Premier League side like Arsenal, you can sense that there is something wrong with the club.
Arsenal appeared to be in the driving seat for both the players at one stage, but Napoli and Wolfsburg had the last laugh. Why so? Because Arsenal had lost its appeal as a footballing powerhouse. They couldn't wrap up the deal fast and they couldn't convince the players about their forgone abilities.
Players started taking Arsenal as a club which prepares youngsters for bigger clubs. Not a place for established players to improve their game!
Liverpool's Luis Suarez has also been linked with a move to Emirates in the summer. Were Arsenal in the driving seat just because no else was ready to take the gamble? What would have happened if another big club entered the race for the Uruguayan is anyone's guess.
Arsenal's lack of genuine activity in the transfer market over the years has led to this situation. At a time when Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are making their ambitions clear with big player purchases, Arsene Wenger's side is nowhere to be seen.
Can they recover from this slide to recapture their lost appeal? Can they arrest the slide to stake claims in future, by building on their financial stability?
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