Column: So are Arsenal in crisis or not?

15 May 2019

Photo: Getty Images "Of course, form on the pitch can be fickle, and Arsenal are still adjusting to the post-Arsene Wenger era. Yet when it comes to the front office side of things, the team’s long-term prospects are just as muddled," writes Richard Whitall in his column. Pictured is the Arsenal-bench in the 1-1 draw with Brighton which made it clear that Arsenal were almost certain not to secure a Top 4 spot in the Premier League.

Feelings on whether the storied London club are on a stable path back to their former heights are as mercurial as the team’s form on and off the pitch.

If the club appoints former player Edu, he might arrive too late - and Arsenal may feel pressure to make a “major buy” without intelligent direction.

Seems like there are staffing issues at the club - a toxic mix of conflicting ideologies, egos and missed opportunities.

Richard Whittall

Your views on the state of Arsenal Football Club will likely depend on whether you’re a glass-half-full or half-empty type.

On the one hand, Arsenal have crashed and burned in the latter part of the Premier League season, turning in a series of uninspiring domestic performances under freshman manager, Unai Emery. Losses to Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester since April have seen them miss out on fourth place and potentially another Champions League berth.

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