The 2010/11 Premier League Previews 1 – Arsenal: How Long Is Too Long?

It’s that time of the season again, and we have time this year for a pre-season piece on all twenty of the clubs in this season’s Premier League. First of all, since we’re doing this in alphabetical order, Arsenal, where the big question over the next nine months may turn out to be what they can do to end their run without a trophy and how long supporters’ patience with M. Wenger will last. Perhaps the perpetual Champions League football of the last five years has had something of an anaesthetic effect. Perhaps everyone at Arsenal is still basking in the sheer luxuriousness of The Emirates Stadium. Perhaps, just perhaps, they’re just very good at keeping their apprehension quiet. It has, however, now been five seasons since Arsenal last won a major trophy and, however sumptuous their new surroundings may be, they have yet to christen it with some silverware. On the surface, though, 2010/11 has half a chance of being their season. The Champions League Four was finally broken up last season, but Arsenal weren’t, as many people had supposed they would be when the hegemony which defined the first decade of this century in English football finally cracked, the fall guys. That dubious “honour” fell, of course, to Liverpool instead and Arsenal will benefit from Champions League money again this season. The Premier League, in spite of...

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