Fast forward a couple of months, we’re quite likely to see an Arsenal with a spring in their step awaiting a brand new season.
Currently, however, the club represents an almighty sinking Titanic-esque ship made up of the most furious paying passengers.
Amidst all the talks of Arsene Wenger facing an early retirement from the job that has defined him, a litany of first team stars have also been connected with moves away from the club.
England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is just one of those first team players slapped in the shop window with a humongous transfer fee by the baying media.
Where’s he going?
Given the fact that the winger was born in England, a move abroad is rather unlikely.
According to the Telegraph, Liverpool are keenly eyeing up the former Southampton forward, with an eye-watering £35million required to take him away from the Emirates.
Indeed Arsenal’s upper hierarchy may be keen to cash-in as the 23-year-old approaches the last 12 months of his contract.
Wait, wasn’t he supposed to be next Walcott?
Whilst Oxlade-Chamberlain has developed beyond his initial rawness, the winger just hasn’t become the match winner that Gunner’s fans have been desperate for.
This season Wenger has opted to bring the player off the bench on 13 occasions, using him from the start on just 12. Given the fact that the England international is approaching his mid-twenties, he will no doubt prefer to getting more playing time.
Saying that, his 3 goals and 5 assists in the league this season hardly make him a must pick for his beleaguered French manager. Indeed Chamberlain hasn’t ever managed to score more than this number since his arrival in 2011.
Despite all this, Jurgen Klopp is said to be a great admirer of the player’s penchant for a dribble and frantic style.
Surely Arsene won’t sell one of his main players to strengthen a rival
On the contrary, Arsenal have been only too happy to let the likes of Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna and Robin Van Persie go to teams that toppled them in the table stakes. Yet another reason the ‘Wenger-Out’ parade have been furious with their manager over the past few years.
Should he go?
Given the toxicity around the club at the moment, and his relatively poor playing time, we’d love to see the forward stretch his legs in new surroundings. Perhaps an intence and passionate character like Klopp may be able to get the best out of him.
Not that decent domestic form EVER transfers over to the national team, of course.