Back in 1996 when Arsene Wenger was appointed the manager at Arsenal, only a few could have predicted what he would bring to the club, all the honours, the trophies, the accolades, the legends that he created on his own, and everything else.
But now, when it's been more than eight years without a single trophy at the highest level, many people have already started thinking about the possibility of Arsenal without Arsene, which seems quite a genuine thought.
Back in 2003-2004 season, when Arsene's 'Invincibles' quaked the Premier league, and we couldn't have expected their standards to plunge down deep so fast. The Gunners of the present day is merely a shadow of what it used to be just a decade before.
The inability to hold on to their star players has hit them head on, every season they happen to lose at least one or two of their star players, who choose trophies over loyalty, which I believe, is quite professional, and back at the club the voids created by them remain unfilled.
The squad strength wanes every year, thus continuing to decrease their chances of winning trophies more than ever.
Imagine Arsenal with the likes of Nasri, Fabregas, Van Persie and Song. What if these players had never left the team? Arsenal would have been vying for the top honours everywhere. But when analysing why they left the team, it was in search of trophies.
So this becomes a circle of events, where one event is responsible for another. Time is the only entity that could heal Arsenal, provided that they keep hold of their star players.
Arsene is quite helpless in this regard, he may have tried his best to hold onto the jewels in his squad, but then he is also at fault for not making star signings. For a club of the stature of Arsenal, bringing in star players every season is a necessity than a formality.
They may try to emulate Chelsea in this regard. And also, maybe Arsene needs to understand that a Champions League spot isn't a trophy.
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