Seven years and counting is a long time for a top football club to go without a single trophy to their name. The 2005 F.A Cup trophy is the only honour Arsenal have managed to get for a very long time. Coming close to the Champions League in 2006 and the League Cup in 2007 and 2011 are the examples of how close yet how far the Gunners are to silverware.
With Manchester City able to purchase players for ludicrous amounts and Chelsea following suit, clubs such as Arsenal have to be able to generate the money first in order for them to spend. The sale of Robin Van Persie did seem inevitable but the club he has strengthened, Manchester United are direct title rivals. But they won’t be any more because Arsenal will struggle to keep pace at the top.
Last week, in a game that typically defined Arsenal’s determination and ability, they dominated most of the play away to Manchester City and deserved three points. However, poor defending at the back from a corner allowed Joleon Lescott to score the opener. But for a Laurent Koscielny equaliser in the last ten minutes of the game, Arsenal could have gone home empty-handed. And this isn’t the first time you could say that.