When Unai Emery was appointed manager on May 23, 2018, it signalled what was meant to be the start of a new dawn at Arsenal following the toxic years that led to Arsene Wenger's departure.
Despite holding the record as Arsenal's most successful ever manager, Wenger was forced to step down at the end of the 2017-18 season after failing to secure Champions League football for a second campaign running.
The atmosphere at the Emirates was poisonous and sadly for Wenger, who was feeling the wrath from supporters, there was no other answer but to go.
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Emery, picked ahead of Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, was the man to lead the Gunners forward and tasked with getting them back among Europe's elite while upholding the club's values from Wenger's days.
But fast forward to the present day, and the club are perhaps in an even bigger mess both on the pitch and in the dressing room, exacerbated by the ridiculous and unnecessary drama surrounding Granit Xhaka.
It has to be stated, some Arsenal fans did have their doubts about Emery's appointment - claiming he was too pragmatic and didn't inspire free-flowing football.
But for the majority, they held high hopes and the positive signs started to appear during a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions - which included an inspired comeback victory over fierce rivals Tottenham and a 5-1 thrashing of Fulham at Craven Cottage.
But that run had to come to an end against Southampton at St Mary's in the pouring rain back in December last year as Arsenal defensive frailties from Wenger's days were notable for all to see again.
However, despite the defeat on the south coast, Arsenal were in control of their own destiny with seven Premier League games to go - largely due to the inconsistency of both top four rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Gunners have adapted an underdog mindset under Emery, especially this campaign
Arsenal faced a staggering 25 shots against Wolves, who earned a 1-1 draw at the Emirates
Sokratis and David Luiz have come under siege this season due to Emery's pragmatic approach
With what was meant to be an easier run-in their rivals in the race for a Champions League spot, Arsenal somehow choked beyond belief and before they knew it, a third consecutive season in the Europa League was to follow.
Arsenal won just two of their last seven, while drawing one and losing four - against Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester - before getting humiliated in the Europa League final to London rivals Chelsea, who had already secured Champions League football.
The capitulation was inexcusable and while many of the players took the blame, including the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Emery also had to shoulder plenty of responsibility.
But as always with football, the hope always lingers and that was the case in the summer following the £72million arrival of Nicolas Pepe, while Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli and Dani Ceballos (loan) followed suit. There would be no hiding place for Emery this season. He was given a free pass in his first campaign, but this time round he had to deliver.
But yet again, the team are stuttering and the problems from Wenger's reign are still very evident for all to see. We remain the subject of ridicule from some fanbases and teams continue to read us with ease.
While all is not lost this season, Arsenal already sit six points off Chelsea and Leicester in the Premier League after 11 matches - with the latter up next at the King Power Stadium. Fans are fearing a thrashing and it could perhaps signal the end of our top four hopes so early on.
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