Arsenal are without doubt a large club and their illustrious history is littered with countless trophies and achievements. Not so this season. The Gunners launched their campaign in decent enough fashion but they slipped up in their title challenge some time ago and it now looks extremely likely that their ambitions of finishing in the top four are also up in smoke.
The Gunners last won the Premier League in 2003/04 and whilst they have finished runners-up twice since then and grabbed three FA Cups along the way, this is undeniably little to show for their efforts over the last fourteen years.
Indeed the fans have long regarded manager Arsene Wenger as a stalwart who would once again bring success to their club although those same supporters are now starting to shout for his sacking, increasingly so following the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday evening.
What is to happen now? Wenger looks increasingly likely to go at the end of the season although it remains unlikely that he will depart before that. Either way, Arsenal’s ambitions of finishing in the Premier League top four look doomed given that they sit some seven points adrift of a Champions League berth as things stand. They do enjoy a game-in-hand over some of the sides above them but going on recent performances we’re not too optimistic about them putting this to good use.
The Gunners are now as much as 7/1 to finish in the top four at the end of the season following their defeat at Selhurst Park and failure to achieve this would almost certainly spell the end for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.