A historic club like arsenal that has seen years of success over the years is now on a constant downward spiral for almost a decade and a half, be that humiliating defeats at Manchester United or home and away thrashing by Bayern Munich. Their most successful spell in English football came under an unknown French manager who arrived midseason from Japan. Surely it was one certain Arsene Wenger who was the face of Arsenal’s unprecedented success. But little was it known that he was only one side of the coin and his partner in attracting young and talented foreign players was a certain David Dein; who was the vice-chairman of arsenal from 1983 to 2007.
Its no doubt that Arsene Wenger had a keen eye on talented young players such as Thiery Henry, Patrick Viera, or a cheeky move for Sol Campbell but it was Dean who made these transfers possible as he had a vast connection with football contacts. The lifelong Arsenal fan did everything in his power to surpass Manchester United and achieved it in 2004 when his team became the second-ever team to go unbeaten a whole season in English football and the only team to do so in the Premier League for a whole season and in total 49 games.
It all started going downhill after the Champions League final loss to Barcelona, they had to move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium, the star players started to leave beginning with Patrick Viera who left for Juventus, Henry went to Barcelona, some retired and some moved on.
Critics have called the move to emirates the bad hoodoo but many factors have contributed to their decline such as not having a competent chief negotiator, squad depth to move through three or four competitions, losing out on the primary targets in the transfer market and replacing their established stars with unproven, young talents with the prime example of using Nicklas Bendtner and Andrei Arshavin after the infamous exit of Robin Van Persie.
Ivan Gazidis was brought to the club In 2009 as the Chief Executive; whose qualities outside the pitch were unmatched but was not the best addition for the pitch side with another example as such being Ed Woodward of Manchester United. Still fresh from the massive debt caused by the Emirates Stadium was a massive block in the transfer market as arsenal looked to buying young talented lads from all around Europe and nurturing them but all of it came back to haunt them as most of them would leave arsenal for bigger, better and clubs willing to win trophies which Arsenal could not guarantee at that time with not any marquee signings and any ambition.
The year 2014 was a healthy one for Arsenal as they had returned the reported debt of 290 million $ of the new Emirates stadium and ended their nine-year trophy drought by winning the FA cup and acquiring the services of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid who had enjoyed a stellar year by providing a whopping 27 assists a season earlier. But even this didn’t stop them from embarrassing themselves on the pitch and sometimes off the pitch. The same problems occurring for arsenal on and on be that offering 40,000,000 million pounds for Suarez or Emanuel Adebayor running full field length to celebrate against the Gunners faithful. Building a team of French core consisting of Nasri, Sagna, Clichy, etc without the backing of the owners was a very hard task on the hands of Arsene Wenger who was expected to create another “Invincibles”. The failed rebuild that took almost a decade and a half Arsenal won only three FA Cups, losing the title on more than two occasions and were knocked out of Europe for six consecutive years before not even qualifying for the champions league for two years running turned the fans on Arsene who resigned at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Unai Emery’s reign of a year and a half was not any different without any splashing of cash in the first season in which he finished 5th and were humbled 4-1 in the Europa League Final by London rivals Chelsea. The hierarchy acted at last after a massive movement from the gunner fan clubs from all over the world by bringing in top tier professionals in Raul Sanlehi and Edu Gaspar as the head of football and technical director respectively as well as spending well over 150 million pounds. Sacked after a poor start to the new season Mikel Arteta was brought in as the head coach after his stint as an assistant coach under Pep Guardiola, Arsenal has shown signs of a little improvement by reaching the FA Cup final against Chelsea just only a year after that loss in Baku.
There has been a visible improvement in their play but it is still too early to have any kind of judgment seeing the amounts of money being spent by other clubs and the quality increasing in the league every year.