Arsenal’s FA Cup victory seems a very long time ago now.
Four months on from beating Chelsea in the final to lift the trophy in Mikel Arteta’s first half-a-season in charge, you could very well argue that the Gunners are now in a relegation battle under the Spaniard.
Tonight’s abysmal defeat by Burnley at the Emirates Stadium leaves us five points above the relegation zone and 15th in the Premier League table.
The old ‘too good to go down’ is starting to circulate – somewhat used as a dig by rival fans, admittedly – but the fact it’s even a phrase used in connection to Arsenal these days is such a damning indictment of Arteta.
Yes, we all know Arsenal need players, but we need players to get into the Champions League, not to stay in the b****y division.
The guts of £300 million has been spent on personnel since Arsene Wenger left the club and we’re declining at a much steeper rate now than when he was here.
In 22 years, Arsenal never finished lower than sixth under Wenger. Offer an Arsenal fan a sixth-placed finish now and you wouldn’t have a hand left.
We host Southampton at the Emirates on Wednesday and if Arteta’s fate hasn’t already been decided by tonight, it will be if we lose again in midweek.