Former Arsenal star Paul Merson claims he is frustrated by what he sees as the same old Arsenal, and insists that we shouldn’t be getting carried away by our current form, as reported by talkSPORT.
The player turned pundit believes that while our excellent run of form is very promising, it’s nothing he hasn’t seen before.
We have finished seasons strongly in the past, and then failed to carry that momentum into the new campaign. Merson claims it will be the same once again this season, and we will once again fall short.
“It’s a bit like Groundhog Day,” he told talkSPORT.
“They win the last ten games of the season and everyone thinks it’s all going to be great next season, but it just seems to be happening every year.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m having a dig at Arsenal, [I’m] not, but I’ve just seen this too many times.
“They still need two players and they’ve needed two players for seven years on the trot and it still hasn’t happened.
“It just frustrates me, it really frustrates me that this happens all the time
“They’re in the top four again, but Arsenal are a big football club and fans, who pay massive prices to watch the team play, need more than the top four.”
The ex-Gunner is perhaps being a little too pessimistic however, as the run we are on at the moment looks to be more than just history repeating itself.
There are certainly similarities between the fantastic winning run we are on at the moment and the runs we have gone on in the past. Once again we are finishing the season strongly, and yet again we are going to fall short of Premier League glory.
This will not necessarily be an unsuccessful season however, as not only are we still in with a chance of lifting silverware, but we also look like finishing second in the league for the first time since the 2004/05 campaign.
In the past though, our form has looked dependent on the fitness of a few key players, and we have been an injury away from a crisis. Not only do we have far better squad depth now, but the team are performing well as a group.
The emergence of several players has made us a much stronger unit, and we have fixed a number of weaknesses that were holding us back in the past.
After a period of financial restriction and limitation, we finally look to be moving into the new era that we have been promised all these years. We are no longer forced to sell our top talent, and we are adding to the squad with world class players like Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez.
Will we win the Premier League next season? Not necessarily. But are we working our way back to the top and entering a new age of footballing prosperity? Most certainly.
Things have changed in the last two years, and we are finally starting to reap the rewards of a decade of hardship.