How Long Until Arsenal Can Challenge Liverpool for the Title?

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It’s been over 15 (long) years since Arsenal last won the Premier League.

Now, it will only get more difficult with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City and the rest of the ‘big six’ all improving their squads. So how long will it be until Arsenal can start seriously thinking about becoming the champions of England again?

Although Mikel Arteta and Edu have made lots of positive changes since they both joined Arsenal, a lot of the players, staff and board members were part of the more negative period in the club’s history. What we can’t afford to do is set unrealistic expectations for the future, as that will only set up for Arsenal to fail.

Arteta has set out a clear system that he wants his team to play and that is a necessity for any team that has the objective of winning the Premier League. We are looking to sign players such as Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey, who are evidently players that will drastically improve the squad, and address the obvious areas of weakness that we have.

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Regarding the situation that Arsenal are currently in, we have a lot more work to do than just bringing players in. We have too many players that aren’t capable of playing at the level that we want to be at and until we move those players on, the wages they are earning are stopping us from making more signings.

There is, however, a flourishing academy that is aiding the transition we’re in, and adding significant hope towards a brighter future.

Arsenal have a strict wage structure that has been implemented. Until we sell players, the structure won’t allow us to make more signings since we need to comply with our tight finances.

Another point that we have to talk about is the opposition. We have two amazing football teams in Liverpool and Manchester City, who are in their prime and seeing any other team winning the league besides those two seems like a long shot for the next couple seasons at least.

Despite the fact that we have spoken about all these other factors, the main one will always be Stan Kroenke.

We all know that Arsenal have become a self-sustaining club ever since Kroenke became the sole owner, having infamously never invested a penny of his own money into the club.

Winning the league by spending lots of money is already hard enough, so until the owner is prepared to give Arsenal the resources to make a real push for the league, it will be beyond our reach.

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Overall, Arsenal are obviously quite some way away from competing for the Premier League title. Yet if I had to give my opinion on a timeline of when it might be possible, I would say it’s going to be at least four years. At the very, very minimum.