Arsenal look to have eased fears of relegation after placing collectively back-to-back wins.
Dropping into the second tier can be unthinktable for the Gunners, who’ve received the Premier League thrice, have lifted extra FA Cups than every other facet and have funds that make them one of many greatest golf equipment within the land.
However their struggles have highlighted simply how aggressive the top-flight now’s and historical past has proven that no membership is just too massive to go down.
Listed here are some big golf equipment to have dropped all the way down to the second division…
This will have been earlier than their heyday within the 1970s and 1980s however Liverpool’s relegation from the outdated First Division within the 1953/54 season was nonetheless a shock.
The Reds have been champions within the first league season after the Second World Conflict however discovered themselves within the second tier seven years later as a consequence of a gradual downturn in kind.
They drifted within the Second Division for 5 years earlier than the membership poached Invoice Shankly from Huddersfield in December 1959.
He quickly put issues proper at Anfield, getting them again into the highest flight in 1962 earlier than constructing Liverpool right into a ‘bastion of invincibility’ as he promised he would, which carried on lengthy after he left his submit in 1974.
Identical to Invoice Shankly was so essential to Liverpool’s success, Sir Matt Busby was essential in direction of constructing Manchester United up.
The Scot received three league titles and an FA Cup earlier than lots of their gamers misplaced their lives within the Munich air catastrophe in 1958. Nevertheless, Busby constructed them again up into a serious power as he helped them win the FA Cup in 1963, two league titles (1965 and 1967) earlier than successful the European Cup in 1968.
He stopped being supervisor the next yr and the Purple Devils’ decline started shortly after. An 18th-placed end in 1972/73 was swiftly adopted by the departures of Bobby Charlton and Denis Legislation, whereas George Finest’s private struggles have been a continuing distraction for the membership.
And the next season noticed what would have been thought-about unthinkable again in 1968 occur – Man United have been relegated. They bounced again to the highest flight immediately however it wasn’t till Alex Ferguson got here in 1986 that they started to have sustained success once more.
You probably have a pal who helps Tottenham, one of many first issues they’ll inform you about their membership is the very fact they’re the primary English facet to win the league and FA Cup double in the identical season – even when that occurred lengthy earlier than they have been even born.
Spurs have been a high facet underneath Invoice Nicholson. In addition to that magical double-winning marketing campaign in 1960/61, he guided them to FA Cup wins in 1962 and 1967 and League Cup triumphs in 1971 and 1973.
In addition they received the UEFA Cup in 1971/72 and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup the next season.
Nicholson left the north London membership in 1974 and simply three years later they went all the way down to the Second Division.
However extra success got here to Spurs within the 1980s, successful the FA Cup two years operating (1981 and 1982) in addition to the UEFA Cup in 1984.
This will shock youthful readers however Chelsea Soccer Membership did exist earlier than 2003. They usually’ve suffered relegation heartache too.
The truth is, the Blues have been a yo-yo membership for a lot of the 1970s and 80s, going up and down between the highest two divisions frequently.
Their final go to to the second tier got here after they have been relegated within the 1987/88 season, having struggled with the monetary results of an formidable redevelopment of Stamford Bridge which made them promote key gamers.
They went straight again as much as the highest flight and loved success within the 1990s and early 2000s earlier than Roman Abramovich purchased the membership and altered the course of English soccer historical past without end.
Identical to Spurs followers will inform you about their double-winning season, West Ham followers will consistently remind you about how their gamers, and their gamers alone, received England the World Cup in 1966.
Nevertheless, they single-handedly relegated themselves from the Premier League within the 2002/03 season regardless of having very proficient gamers, together with Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe and Paolo di Canio at their disposal.
They got here again to the Premier League three years later however went down once more within the 2010/11 season.
The Hammers have been within the high flight since 2012 however the prospect of relegation is a continuing supply of fear for many followers.
In Could 2001, Leeds have been again within the massive time as they have been one win away from reaching the Champions League closing. Three years later, they have been relegated from the Premier League.
The explanations for golf equipment experiencing monetary difficulties are often moderately advanced however Leeds’ decline is kind of all the way down to them overspending after they briefly rode the European wave.
It was an enormous shock for these concerned with a membership that was on the high of English soccer for therefore lengthy underneath Don Revie.
It took them an arduous 16 years to get again into the massive time. Arsenal followers received’t need to wait that lengthy if the unthinkable occurs.
Whereas this decline was not as fast as Leeds, Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship in 2009 damage followers vastly, particularly when you think about how good they weren’t lengthy earlier than.
Everyone knows how shut Kevin Keegan’s vastly entertaining facet got here to successful the Premier League within the 90s however they have been a helpful outfit underneath Sir Bobby Robson too.
They’d thrilling spells within the Champions League, albeit not making it so far as Leeds, in addition to runs within the UEFA Cup after that.
However issues actually went downhill after Mike Ashley purchased the membership in 2007, with all kinds of inner issues manifesting into poor performances on the pitch and relegation two years later.