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    How To Assess Arsenal's Season?

    This Sunday see's the end of a tumultuous Premier League season for Arsenal football club. They began the season with potential title aspirations, however they could finish the season finishing outside of the top four and the Champions League.

    The season has been one of extremes, with both searing highs and crushing lows. The highlight undoubtedly was the 3-0 defeat of Chelsea, the eventual champions, although after that game you would have guessed the eventual champions would have been Arsenal.

    Along with this the team have performed very poorly far too often, losing to the likes of Watford at home. They have also performed poorly away home with poor performances against Chelsea, West Brom, Everton, Man City and Tottenham.

    The season has also been mired by off-field concerns, with multiple issues forcing a cloud over the club. The future of first manager Arsene Wenger and star players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez has been up in the air all season, and with the future of such key elements unclear, it has proved a negative influence on the club as a whole.

    As the season reaches its end the future of all three is still far from clear, and this may prove the largest lasting legacy of this season. After spending £88 million pounds in the summer fans would rightly have thought that the team would take a step forward this season, however in actual fact it appears they have regressed.

    The club were a distant second last season to the fairy tale Leicester story, yet with potentially four points more this season they will likely finish a distant fifth in the league. This maybe reinforces that whilst last season will go down in the ages as a remarkable season, the overall quality of the league last season was down overall on its usual standards.

    In cup competitions it has been a mixed season for the club, with a disappointing Champions League round of 16 combined with a F.A Cup final appearance later this month. The actual round of 16 defeat is something that Arsenal fans are used to, considering they have been knocked out at this stage every year of this decade, the hugely disappointing nature of the performances in the two legs is what annoyed the fans.

    In both games the defence fell apart in the second half, eventually losing 5-1 in both games. A 10-2 aggregate defeat is an embarrassing one to the football club, with fans rightly questioning the direction of the club as they once again flattered to deceive against a good European team.

    The F.A Cup could prove a solitary bright light for the season, after a tense extra time semi-final defeat of Manchester City, they now face an in-form Chelsea, who are aiming to finish their season doing the double. Whilst the team are on a good run in the league, for a lot of fans it's hard to realistically feel confident they can win the trophy.

    The saving grace for Arsenal is the winning record of Wenger in this competition. He has won the competition six times, and should he win it again this year he will become the winningest manager in this history of the prestigious competition.

    So far this season promised so much at various points, however as usual Arsenal flattered to deceive. The club are currently stuck in a rut where each passing season seems to follow the same pattern as the one before. Despite new signings the team seems to be stuck in a mentality of falling just short of the fans expectations.

    Whilst the matters on the pitch are not 100% of the problems with the club, it's this issue which draws the most attention from the press and the fans. The club seem to be in a transition stage at the moment, and without any seeming clear leadership it may prove a difficult time for the club. The fans are used to seeing success and good football and if Arsenal want to retain their status as a massive Premier League club, they need to be finishing higher than where they currently are.

    This summer is a chance to improve things both on and off the pitch, it's now up to those in charge to define what we are as a club. Are we a club who spends within our means or are we a club who is a serious contender for top trophies? Only time will tell.

    Any comments on this article? Let me know in the comments section below. Find me on Twitter @brfcjordan95.
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