This has been the worst thing about the club.
It’s made worse because our rivals have strengthened in positions they were weak in and often with top quality players while we continue to neglect certain positions every season and get the same predictable performances.
We’ve gone from title contenders, every season, to considering a top six place as some sort of achievement.
Winning titles costs a lot of money and our board are only willing to put in the minimum investment, while still making a good profit and watching the value of the club go up.
All our big rivals try their best while we drift along stagnating and losing all our best players.
When Aubameyang goes it will mean we have no elite players and we certainly won’t be buying any so it will prove how unattractive we are to any top quality prospects.
It’s hard to see how we can compete again but maybe Arteta can turn things round.
But with Newcastle and Everton showing they have more spending power than us, and clubs like Leicester, Sheffield United, Wolves, spurs etc, showing they are well run and ambitious, as well as Man City, Chelsea, Man U, Liverpool being better run, more ambitious and more willing to spend, it seems as if mid table is our new level and we’ll have to adjust our expectations.
This is exactly what the board want because they know that supporters are loyal and will turn up in their droves every game no matter where we are in the league.