The longer Arsenal go without winning a trophy, the harder it gets for Arsene Wenger to turn things round. And tonight’s FA Cup KO at Sunderland will almost certainly condemn the Gunners to a seventh season without picking up any silverware.

But things could be worse – just ask a Rangers fan.

The Glasgow giants are facing the possibility of liquidation, because they are a football club who have spent wildly beyond their means. And that is what many football supporters fail to recognise when they constantly urge their club to splash the cash.

Arsenal fans may blame Wenger for refusing to risk the club’s future by spending big in the transfer market. But the reality is the Gunners lack the financial muscle to compete for the best players available and that is the real problem holding the club back.

– BY JOHN GUBBA

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