I hate to say it, as an Arsenal fan myself, but the slow decline of this football club might not yet be over.

From being a team feared all over the footballing community, to being a team battling for a Champions League status next to their name.

Why though, have Arsenal declined so much over the last decade?

For a start, Arsene Wenger, the long-serving Arsenal manager, is a reluctant spender, despite having quite a large fund to dig into.

He seems to have lost the passion and drive that it requires to be Premier League title challengers. More interested in making profit on players, the Frenchman has got into the habit of selling his best players, and not tactically either. For example, Robin van Persie.

The 30-year-old Dutchman had a fantastic 2011/12, earning himself the Golden Boot in the process.

This triggered interest from clubs such as Juventus and Manchester United - both clubs submitted formal bids for the striker, but Arsene Wenger decided to sell to Manchester United, Arsenal's Premier League rivals.

Also the sales of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song proved Arsenal's inability to keep hold of talent.

The 2003/04 season was the best in Arsenal's history, going the whole season unbeaten.

In 2003/04, Arsenal were the champions of England and throughout the world they were a feared team. Ever since that season they started declining, slowly.

This is where Sheffield United come in - they were a 4th place club for several years, until they declined severely.

It is an ongoing worry that if Wenger and the board don't do something, this could be Arsenal's position, a League 1 team.

However, Arsenal are one of a select few that are Premier League ever-presents, they have never been relegated. The Arsenal faithful hope it will stay like this.

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