The theory is that with greater expectations comes added pressure to live up to those expectations, and after the way that the Gunners have performed since the turn of the year, the Arsenal fans and the football media are certainly expecting more from Arsene Wenger and the players this season.
But the Frenchman has played down any suggestion that he is feeling under pressure, or at least under even as much as he has been under since Arsenal last lifted the Premier League trophy in 2004. In fact, he claims that things are easier now on the pressure front, as revealed in a Sky Sports report.
What was hard, says the boss, was having to live up to the still strong expectations of the Arsenal fan base when he did not have anything like the funds that our main rivals for the top places had. The fact is that Wenger did manage to realise at least some of those hopes by keeping the club among the European elite by qualifying for the Champions League group stage every year without fail.
He said, “We had much more pressure before when I knew I had at least to be in the top four and we had not necessarily the potential to do it.
“The pressure is really on you when you know you are just on the border of achieving what is absolutely requested.
“You know you cannot miss an inch because you’re out, so that is much more difficult.
“So here, what is interesting is the pressure is on everybody. On at least, six, seven clubs, and that’s what makes the Premier League very interesting.
“The only league where you do not have that now is France because everyone knows that Paris Saint-Germain will win the league.”
So considering the manager´s comments, is it not about time that Wenger and the Arsenal players of those years receive a bit more credit for the amazing achievement of punching above their weight for all those years and achieving what many clubs like the spuds, Liverpool and even Chelsea could not do every year, instead of the derogatory talk of the Wenger cup?