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Arsenal: How the standards have fallen

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Arsenal have been known to be a top club, always competing for top honours, but as the years have gone by, the club have not only witnessed a decline in stature, but have also been unable to add to their trophy cabinet.

Arsenal's move to the Emirates Stadium in 2006 was thought by many as a move that will help bring the club back to its glory days since they would be able to generate more funds - and by doing so, spending it on recruiting top talent. But fans has waited for that to happen without any results.

After Arsenal scraped through to finishing fourth in the league, Ivan Gazidis announced that Arsenal were prepared to spend big and early, but that is yet to happen as we have seen them miss out on many transfer targets.

Arsenal fans have been pouring out their anger on social media with some sections of the fans calling for Arsene Wenger's head, while some still hold out the "In Arsene We Trust" banner.

We all know about the greatness of Wenger; however, as much as it pains me to say it, the last few years have seen his brilliant legacy turn stale. If we must know, the man in question has just one more year left on his contract.

Arsenal fans have been divided into two groups in the social media. The "Arsene Out Brigade"(AOB) and the "Arsene Knows Best" ( AKB).

The "Arsene Out Brigade" are the section of the fans calling for his sack, while the "Arsene Knows Best" are the section of the fans that believe that Wenger knows what is best for the club and is the best man to take the club forward.

I was having a chat with an Arsenal fan who is a member of the AKB group earlier today and he was trying to tell me what Wenger has done for the club since he took over.

He told me that Arsenal were 16th on the rich list when Wenger took over, but has turned their fortunes around and made them one of the top-ranked teams on the rich list today.

He was of the opinion that Wenger has done all he could for the club and with the little budget on his hands, he has managed to keep Arsenal among the top clubs and also contest for top honours both home and abroad.

The "Arsene Knows Best" fans, some of which I have discussed with, said that in order to build the new state of the art Emirates Stadium, they had to plunge themselves into huge debts.

Obviously, as time has gone by, the financial situation has improved so the question remains: what has stopped them from spending?

If Arsenal want to go back to their glory days and become a club capable of winning titles again, they have to change their transfer policy, draw a line under their prudent philosophy and start spending money on better payers.

Although Arsenal are being well run in business, they are not being well run from a football perspective. Fans want trophies and nothing can satisfy them more.

When Jesus Navas signed for Manchester City, he revealed that he turned down an offer from Arsenal three years ago and this was what he had to say: "I was still winning things and achieving things at Seville and therefore it was not the right time to move, but we have not won anything in two or three years and feel now is the right time to move on.

"I am ambitious to win things, have always pushed myself and it was the right time to go."

Navas did not actually state that he did not join Arsenal because the club has been in decline, we can see from his quotes that he did not join because of their inability to win titles.

"I was still winning things and achieving things at Seville". This means that he will not leave a winning club for a club that was not winning.

If Arsenal do not change their transfer policy and start competing for titles again, they might miss out on the Champions League which will make the signing of top talents difficult.

There is a popular nursery rhyme which goes: "London bridge is falling down. Build it up with gold and silver."

"Emirates is falling down. Build it up Arsene Wenger."

Over to you, Arsene.

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