The Gunners will be quite glad to be out of the spotlight. Their failure to win the Premier League title once again has been masked by ongoings elsewhere, and any sadness at a trophyless season will fade with the arrival of Granit Xhaka.
But next year could be a tough one for Arsenal fans. With Liverpool and Tottenham now under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, respectively, there is no guarantee they will be able to continue to qualify for the Champions League for yet another reason.
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Arsenal have grown accustomed to missing out on the league for years, and supporters made their feelings known towards Wenger during a 1-0 victory over Norwich City towards the end of a season just gone.
The Emirates has hardly been a harmonious place to be of late. There was talk that Alexis Sanchez was furious with Wenger for substituting him in the victory over the Canaries, whilst the future of Theo Walcott also seems somewhat up in the air.
Consecutive FA Cup victories have spared Wenger the wrath some felt that he deserved, but this year the cracks have appeared in his wall. Whether or not he can stop them widening and close them will hinge on how the Gunners fare off the pitch this summer and on the pitch after it.
Jose Mourinho will be at Old Trafford and Pep Guardiola will be at the Etihad Stadium, with Antonio Conte joining Chelsea to make the Premier League the home of many in the best and finest managers in world football.
And such changes could spell the end of Arsenal’s inevitability of securing European football. Wenger’s influence may not have won them trophies but it has kept them in the top four, but with three heavyweights of the game joining Klopp and Pochettino, it makes English football a tougher code to crack.
Wenger has always struggled against Mourinho, with his sole victory over the Portuguese coming in the Community Shield last year, whilst he is also yet to get the better of Pep Guardiola in games during the Spaniard’s time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The Arsenal boss will need to up his game if he is to continue his lengthy stay in north London. Failure to do so could be the end, and could lead to a change of management at the club in a year’s time.
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