The chance of Arsenal reclaiming the Premier League trophy we last lifted 11 years ago has gone for another season, although at least the team has been showing real signs of improvement and suggesting that we might be able to make a proper fist of things next time.
But that will be a far from easy thing to do, as you can see from the fact that only three clubs, Chelsea and the Manchester pair, have been champions since Arsenal and only one other club, Blackburn Rovers, has managed that since the Premier League began 23 years ago.
A growing number of TV pundits have suggested that one way of the Gunners getting back to the top is to sign a really top class keeper in the summer. David De Gea showed his massive worth to Man United once again this weekend, producing some fantastic saves before taking a knock and being replaced. I like Ospina and feel that he will be a superb reserve but he just does not have that same aura of invincibility.
This weekend also saw Barcelona crowned champions of La Liga, ending Atletico Madrid´s brief spell at the top of Spanish football. They had to wait even longer than our 11 years for that success to return, having last won it 19 years ago. How did they manage to buck the trend of Real Madrid and Barcelona? Many think it came down to them having Thibaut Courtois in goal and we can see how much he has helped Chelsea this season. Without the Belgian stopper, Atletico never really looked like retaining their crown.
I know that the Gunners do not play in the same defensive style as Atletico and Diego Simeone is a lot different to Arsene Wenger but they did prove the importance of a top drawer number one. Like them, Arsenal still cannot really compete with our big rivals when it comes to transfer fees and wages so perhaps we need to take a leaf out of their book and make sure that we have a keeper that will earn us vital points when maybe we don´t deserve them or to make the difference in the really big games against the likes of United.
Is this the most important piece of transfer business for Wenger to get right?