London: For nine torturous years the absence of a trophy eluded Arsene Wenger. That burden was lifted when Wenger celebrated in May after clinching the FA Cup. (When Arsenal beat City to win Community Shield)
It was a joyful moment, but still tinged with what-ifs. Arsenal spent longer than any side at the top of the Premier League but still ended up in its familiar fourth place after struggling against its title rivals. (Complete EPL coverage)
A Champions League spot for a 17th successive year was a minimum achievement — how Manchester United would take such predictable consistency now — but still Arsenal is without a Premier League title since 2004.