Despite the feel-good momentum built-up from the FA Cup win of 2014 and a summer recruitment drive that included the acquisition of Chilean sensation Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal have actually regressed this season.
That is the opinion of former Liverpool centre back and current Sky Sports football analyst Jamie Carragher, who implies that Arsene Wenger's side could struggle for a top four spot this year.
"Arsenal look further away than they did last season," he said on Monday Night Football.
The Gunners finished fourth in the 2013-14 Premier League table, three points adrift of Chelsea in third, five away from Liverpool in second and seven off Manchester City who held top spot.
Arsenal's status as a Champions League team came under threat at various points throughout the campaign but ultimately they were safe by seven points, as Everton finished in fifth position with 72 points.
Arsenal's inability to defeat Hull City at the weekend underlined their struggles of late as the North Londoners were held to a 2-2 draw. They have only returned two victories from eight matches in the division and are in seventh place, 11 points off pace-setting Chelsea who are yet to lose.
"It's the same - injuries, they happen every year," continued Carragher. "But this season, they look far away."