Even Arsene Wenger admitted that his Arsenal side are in danger of missing out on our usual Champions League place and having to play in the dreaded Europa League next season, after the Gunners terrible second half of the season continued with the bore draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for thinking that Stoke are determined to cause the Gunners problems this season. It was back in mid January when Arsenal travelled to the Potteries to face Mark Hughes´ side looking to get back to the top of the table after drawing with Liverpool.
Most Arsenal fans will probably be hoping for more than one new forward to arrive at the club during the summer transfer window, but we have become a wearily realistic bunch and not a lot of us are that optimistic anymore. If Arsene Wenger is only going to sign one striker before the start of next season, however, he needs to make it a good one.
In recent years Arsenal have struggled a bit when we have had to play in the early slot on a Saturday after a midweek Champions League of domestic cup game, especially if that game has been on a Wednesday and especially if the midweek match was away from home in another country.
It has been a funny old season in the Premier League season so far, and not just for Arsenal who seem to be doing things on a month by month basis. I mean, really, if you had said at the start that in February the top two would be Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur while Chelsea would be fighting relegation they would have measured you for a straitjacket.
After Arsenal take on Premier League new boys AFC Bournemouth on the south coast later today, there could be even more pressure piled on Arsene Wenger and the team by Louis van Gaal and Manchester United. Hopefully Chelsea can do us a favour at Stamford Bridge and stop the Old Trafford team from winning.
We all know that Arsenal are very proud of being a well run club that does not live beyond our means. At the same time the debt repayment brought about by the building of the Emirates Stadium to replace Highbury is not longer holding Arsene Wenger back financially and there is a sizable sum sitting in the bank as well.
Arsene Wenger may still have the reputation of being a bit of an Ebeneezer Scrooge and treating the Arsenal purse strings as if they were his own, but after spending big money on the transfer fees for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in recent years and splashing decent amounts on other players like Calum Chambers, the Frenchman has certainly come out of his shell a bit financially speaking.