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Arsenal may struggle to dominate English football again

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It's hard to believe Arsenal went a massive nine years without winning a trophy before lifting the FA Cup last May considering how good they were in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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Arsene Wenger's side won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and four Community Shields between 1996 and 2005 but Arsenal fans had to wait until May this year to see their team victorious after the Gunners narrowly beat Hull City at Wembley.

In those nine years, Arsenal have not only lost their trophy winning tradition, they have also fallen from the number one side in the country to arguably the fourth best.

Since going the whole season unbeaten in the 2003/4 season, they have not finished in the top two of the Premier League, occasionally scraping fourth at the last attempt.

However, this is not the Arsenal that so many people admire.

Arsenal used to be brilliant

The likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and co. were all in the Arsenal team that won the Premier League unbeaten in 2004.

Now, Wenger's team look to Olivier Giroud for goals, start Wojciech Szczesny in goal and play players like Mikel Arteta in midfield.

So who is to blame for Arsenal's downfall?

Many fingers will point towards Wenger but it is purely the lack of ambition that has left the club with a fairly average squad.

Big stars have left

Since winning the FA Cup in 2005, Arsenal fans have seen Thierry Henry leave for Barcelona, Ashley Cole join Chelsea, Robin van Persie join Manchester United, Samir Nasri become a Manchester City player and former captain Cesc Fabregas rejoin Barcelona.

Already this summer, Bacary Sagna has quit the north London club for Premier league champions Manchester City. Fabregas has also joined London rivals Chelsea in the past couple of months.

A winning side would never sell as many world class players to rivals as Arsenal have in the past decade. It is very hard to build a stable team when the key players are always leaving.

In fact this year, they had a massive chance of winning their first league title since the invincibles of 2004 but despite being top for the longest recorded time of the season, a late downfall left the side fighting to qualify for next years Champions league yet again.

The future's bright

However, it is starting to look up for Arsenal.

World class playmaker Mesut Ozil was purchased on the summer deadline day last year and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has also become an Arsenal player.

Even though there is still a lot of work to do, Arsenal may have a side to dominate English football again next year but only if they can keep their key players.

Although, with Mourinho building a very strong team at Chelsea, Louis van Gaal joining Manchester United after the World Cup and Manchester City being as rich as they are, it is unlikely Arsenal wont be fighting for the top four again next season.


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