25 years have now gone by, a quarter of a century since the most famous and certainly the most dramatic moment in the history of Arsenal Football Club.

May 26, 1989 saw the Gunners go to fortress Anfield needing to win 2-0 to win the league on goals scored from Liverpool.

It looked impossible, in those days opposition goals at Anfield were about as common as snow in July in Florida, it almost never happened.

But that night, a seven year old boy fell in love forever, my life-long passion for Arsenal Football Club was born….

Do Arsenal need Cesc Fabregas? Such a question would not even need a second thought a year ago to those associated with the Arsenal. But with the midfielder’s future uncertain at Barcelona there seems a chance he may ply his trade with another Premier League side come the start of next season.

The Spaniard will consider a transfer to the Premier League this summer as his return to Barcelona has not gone as planned, as unexpected fan displeasure has seen an exit on the cards since last summer. Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea will be offered the chance to bring Fabregas back to the Premier League but the idea of a return to Arsenal is not the foregone conclusion that it once may have been.

Eight months have passed since I wrote an article for this website entitled The Professor in the Boardroom with the Chequebook, in which I asked whether Arsene Wenger was leading Arsenal through a period of stagnation or evolution. As an incredible campaign reaches its conclusion – a season where the club led the Premier League for longer than City, Liverpool and Chelsea, only to fall away in the spring – it appears the answer to the question depends exclusively on the outcome of Saturdays FA Cup final against Hull.

The English game’s showpiece occasion now represents Arsenals most important match since the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona and the result will certainly influence the direction, not to mention the mood of the club for the next four or five years.

Make no mistake, May 17th will be a landmark day in Arsenal Football Club history, for better or worse. But you know that already.

With the Premier League drawing to a close it is time to consider the end of season awards.

Player of the year

Player of the season should be between Mertesacker and Koscielny. There’s not much difference between them but for me it has to go to Per Mertesacker.  He has been ever present and contributed to the great defensive work Arsenal have done this year.

Mertesacker scored the crucial goal in the FA cup semi-final atoning for his error when conceding the penalty. Furthermore, he has become a real leader and has the potential to become a legend at this football club.

As the season draws to a close, people are naturally looking back over the past 9 months. Consequently, many online articles are being published about the “Premier League’s Top 10 Flops” and other utter nonsense created to generate hits. A worryingly high percentage of these lists featured Arsenal’s record signing, Mesut Ozil. They are not only wrong, but to a certain extent, this was always going to happen.

Background- Building him up

Deadline day 2013 had come, and Arsenal had only re-signed a player who had left the club in 2008 and signed an unknown injury-prone 20 year old. The summer had been filled by stories of the size of Arsenal’s “war chest”, which subsequently fuelled tabloid speculation linking Arsenal to every player under the sun, which only furthered Arsenal fans’ desperation for a big-name signing.