Could it really happen to Arsenal? After all we did go nine years without any trophy to celebrate and it will be 11 years this May since the Arsenal team lifted the Premier League trophy. They did do it in a unique way of course, not losing a single game and earning the title of Invincibles, but that was a long time ago.
Which is why one of those Invincibles, the great Thierry Henry, as reported by the Daily Mail, has expressed his concern about the chances of his beloved Arsenal going down a similar path to Liverpool, who have never won the Premier League and last became champions of England back in 1990 with Kenny Dalglish as manager.
The record Arsenal goalscorer said, “If I had told you in 1990 that Liverpool would not win the title in the next 25 years, you would have taken me for a madman. I don’t want the same thing to happen to Arsenal.
“This year, we’re not so far off. With the exception of the first leg against Monaco, they are on the right track, but they undoubtedly dropped too many points at the start of the season. But I think this squad can win the title in the years to come.”
But many Arsenal fans believe that we blew a great chance last season when all the other big clubs were in various phases of upheaval and transition. You could say that we would have taken advantage of this had it not been for the awful luck with injuries but the fact is that we didn’t. Chelsea this season have taken advantage of ours and other rivals’ problems and they have been lucky with injuries, but has our big chance now gone?
I don’t think so and I reckon that the Manchester clubs could struggle again next season as they attempt to rebuild, while Chelsea will not have it so easy from us I’m sure, but I doubt that Liverpool will start so poorly and we will need to be at it from the start.
It could be our best chance for a while as well, with City and United willing to throw buckets of money at their squads while we have the miserly Stan Kroenke unwilling to spend a cent of his own cash. And then we could well be in our own period of transition with Wenger stepping down. So is next season’s title a must for Arsenal to avoid the same sort of woes that Liverpool have suffered?