The new Premier League season is just a single match day old and already it all feels so familiar to us long suffering Arsenal fans. The sense of Deja Vu is back with a bang but how do the Gunners get out of this recurring nightmare?
A strong finish to last season and great start to the summer with the big money transfer capture of Granit Xhaka. More signings seemingly on the way with Wenger and Gazidis talking up our financial fire power. A strong pre-season in which it looks like Arsenal can beat anyone even without the new players we are hoping for.
Then it all starts to fall apart, as no more money is spent, with the club starting to sound like a poor urchin that just cannot keep up with the big boys, injury problems start to mount and make the squad look even more in need of help and then an opening day defeat leaves everyone suddenly talking about crisis.
Now a lot of us are expecting the same old story, with some purple patches of play along with some inconsistency ending in a top four finish and getting out of our Champions League group but failing to go any further and another year without a trophy.
We can all see it happening but how do Arsenal and Wenger change the pattern? By doing something differently of course. Why not surprise the fans, and the players at the same time, by joining the others and splurging what we all feel is too much on a player or two. Maybe an early substitition or two would shake things up, or a change in the training regime. Whatecver it takes to change the mood and the feeling of being stuck in a time loop.
Is Wenger the only one who cannot see that something needs to change in order to produce a different outcome?