The resident Gunners in the Transfer Tavern are becoming increasingly concerned that their side will fail to qualify for the Champions League for the second season in a row.
The next 12 months could prove to be a pivotal turning point in the history of Arsenal Football Club. Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s history as Arsenal manager last season. However, there was one major silver lining for Arsenal, as they managed to lift the FA Cup trophy for the thirteenth time in their well-decorated history.
Plenty of Arsenal supporters propping up the bar in the tavern were happy to accept that the Premier League is ominously competitive, and that finishing in the top-four is an achievement in itself in this day and age.
However, despite this admission, they are naturally concerned that falling out of the top-four for a second successive season could signal the beginning of the end for Arsenal as an established European outfit.
It is a very concerning time for Arsenal supporters considering Sanchez and Ozil look destined for the exit door by the end of the season.
If Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League this season and proceed to lose their two star players, the future will look extremely bleak for the historically successful club.
With that being said, it is absolutely imperative that Wenger begins preparing for the future with the acquisition of a handful of quality signings this month.
And Wenger should look no further than Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez during the current window, although he may need to fend off interest from Chelsea if he is to be successful in his negotiations with Leicester City.
But despite Arsenal’s position as favourites for Mahrez’s signature amongst the bookmakers, the odds suggest there is very little to separate the sides at this point.
Arsenal are in real danger of falling well-behind their top-four rivals by the end of 2018, so it is up to Wenger and the Arsenal owners to prevent that from happening by bringing Mahrez and other quality players to the Emirates during the next two transfer windows.