After a very successful era under Arsene Wenger which lasted over 2 decades and the wholesale changes at the boardroom level, a difficult transitional period was only to be expected.
Success for the new regime was never going to happen overnight after such turbulent change over. The right men for the job must be given time. This might come as a surprise to many gunners but I believe under the guidance of our current manager Arteta, we are beginning to see the light at the end of this dark and long tunnel.
He is doing as well as anybody can, considering the vast amount of problematic situations he has inherited; clearing out the overpaid but underperforming so called stars slowly, replacing them with upgrades where possible, promoting our wonderfully talented youth players to first team gradually, no nonsense approach to ill-discipline from some of the squad members and dealing with contractual mess of the squad he was left with.
Success will follow. It will come with a few more additions to the squad, which is already looking much better than a couple of years ago, and the vital ingredient of consistency.
The current squad have core of excellent young players good enough to build an arsenal team around them which will make us proud again: Bellerin, Gabriel, Saliba, Holding, Tierney, Partey, Smith Rowe, Saka, Martinelli and Pepe, yes Pepe is a real talent and will come good. If we can keep those 8 or 9 players and develop them to their potential sky is the limit.
Three or four clever additions such as Martin Ødegaard or dare I say Jack Grealish, Achraf Hakimi (if/when Bellerin leaves this summer) and an upgrade on Xhaka as well as keeping a selection of good experienced players from our current squad will make us a very strong team that will challenge for the top.
Cheer up Gunners! Things can only get better.