Arsenal have fallen out of the top-10 of UEFA’s club coefficient rankings, for the first time in many years.
According to the Metro, all the English clubs have taken a hit in the last couple of years, and this will be the first time since the Heysel disaster and resulting European ban that England will only have one club in the top-10 – Chelsea.
Arsenal were as high as sixth in 2013, but in the last few years have fallen down rank by rank, now finally dropping out of the top-10. The Gunners are currently 11th after the recent update.
This still leaves the North London club ahead of many of their English rivals, however. Chelsea are ahead in 10th, but Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are all behind, with Liverpool the furthest behind in 34th.
Regardless, this serves as an indicator of the level English clubs have slipped to in recent years. European success has been scarce, with United’s Europa League win the only respite from what has been complete dominance from the Spanish clubs of late.
Arsenal, in particular, have made a habit of doing the same thing every year, and in that sense 2017/18 will buck the trend, but not in the way fans hoped. Europa League football will take over from Champions League last-16 exits for at least a season. Perhaps this will give the English clubs another chance to repeat United’s success.