Are Arsenal in danger of becoming a club in perpetual transition?

No matter what anyone says, last season was a very good one for the Gunners. Before a ball was kicked, various pundits - including some of us supporters (if we're honest) - were predicting a poor campaign.

Thierry Henry had broken our hearts by moving to Barcelona, Freddie Ljungberg had shifted postcode to West Ham and there were even fairly loud murmurs that we'd struggle to finish in the top four of the Premier League, let alone challenge for honours.

As it was though, Arsenal set the pace for the first half of the season, playing some of the best football yet under Arsene Wenger's reign. The team was scintilating at times and despite not winning any silverware, we came oh so close - just four points behind the league champions Manchester United and two dodgy penalty calls away from a semi-final place in the Champions League.


Had it not been for Eduardo's horrific leg injury, I truly believe we would have won the Premier League. It's impossible to say if that would be the case, but when you look at the ridiculous points we dropped, starting with that draw at Birmingham (then the draw with Villa, the goal-less game at Wigan, the frustrating home draw with Boro) then the margin between winning the league and ending up trophy-less was very narrow indeed.

All in all, it was a great stepping stone to prepare for this coming season. But then the call of the Euro came looming: Mathieu Flamini voted with his feet over an improved deal at the club; Alexander Hleb moved to the quiet picturesque fishing village of Barcelona; and if the newspaper headlines are to be believed, we could also be bidding farewell to Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas before the season starts in three weeks time.


Of course when we lose players, Wenger always finds one or two newbies to replace them - either through a shrewd buy or by promoting one of the youth team. But it takes time for new players to adjust to the pace of the Premier League and as a result it feels like Arsenal have been a club in transition ever since we reached the Champions League final in 2006.


And even the most optimistic supporter knows that whoever emerges as this season's revelation in Arsenal colours will automatically become a target for Real Madrid, Barcelona or one of the Milan clubs. Or all of the above.

So the question I have for you lot is whether you think we are in danger of being in perpetual transition - a club that players use as a stepping stone to the so-called European giants? The only thing I see giant about them is the wages they are prepared to pay out to players, but then we all know that salaries are the central issue at Arsenal Football Club. If Arsene Wenger were to be hit by the team bus tomorrow, I dread to think how many transfer requests would land on the boardroom table.

Personally speaking, I'd have no problem in letting William Gallas go to PSG, as I think he's lost a yard of pace and is no longer the player he once was. But having a settled squad who enjoy playing the game together and who know each other inside out is more important, so I'm hoping that Le Gaffer can keep the remaining members of his team happy and perhaps even boost their confidence with an inspired signing or two before the new campaign gets under way.

What do you reckon? Do Arsenal's finances mean that we'll always be a selling club? Perhaps you think that staff turnover is healthy for a football club? Share your comments here