Ask a sample of Arsenal fans to describe what the last 15 years have been like.
Some will say okay. But okay is all you're likely to get out of them.
Most, however, will offer a wry smile, puff their cheeks out with exasperation and look stoney faced as they mutter a selection of these words:
"Abject, awful, disappointing, rubbish, not good enough."
And the reality is that, yes, it's been a pretty torrid time at the Emirates. A frightening fall from grace if truth be told by a side who, under the legendary Arsene Wenger, went the entire 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten.
The 'Invincibles' as we all know them now had pretty much everything you would want from a top quality side.
Furthermore, they had a solid, dependable spine to the team. Led by charismatic leaders that put in commanding performance after commanding performance, they outplayed all and sundry, digging deep in times of need to wrestle a result away from the jaws of defeat.
Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Sol Campbell - they had it all at the peak of powers.
Fast forward the clock 15 years, though, and the traits and characteristics from those dazzling days at Highbury have all but disappeared.
Sure, they've won the three aforementioned FA Cups in recent times, and up until two years ago, had earned qualification into the Champions League for 20 consecutive seasons. That's pretty good going.
But being able to qualify for a competition doesn't necessarily dictate whether you are fundamentally good enough to be in it. And for Arsenal, the reality is that they haven't really been at the races for the best part of a decade.
Not at a competitive European level anyway. The Gunners did enjoy a somewhat surprising run into the latter stages of the Champions League for a good five years prior, but since then it's been pretty miserable.
They've shown glimpses of brilliance over that time, topping the Premier League table at various times after spells of impressive form.
Replaced by an inevitably of dread and fear, Arsenal have instead become associated with panic and disarray in defence, and it dates back to the day that captain Patrick Vieira opted to leave the club to join Juventus in 2005.
Because for whatever reason, after Vieira's departure, Arsenal's abilities to tough it out under pressure began to elude them. They showed signs of vulnerability and weakness, and since then, they have been ruthlessly exploited for their mental fragilities.
Arsene Wenger, for all he did at the club, held on to the managerial role a little too long and a change was needed. F
But instead, the Arsenal board's choice to take over was former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery.
A man who had won Ligue 1 at a canter in his second season at the club, and won both domestic cup competitions during his two seasons in the French capital.
A man who had won an unprecedented three successive Europa League titles during his time with La Liga middleweights Sevilla.
That's three successive Europa League titles.
You'd imagine the reaction to Emery's appointment, with a résumé like that, was that of overwhelming joy? After all, a proven winner was on his way to north London to oversee a new dawn.
It wasn't though.
Bizarrely, he was regarded as a safe, cautious appointment. A little underwhelming and not the 'big name' manager that those connected to the club had wanted to see.
The reality is, however, that Emery was, and is, exactly the kind of manager needed at Arsenal. His preparation for taking over the job had been ideal, as expectations at his previous job were pretty hefty. Conquer Europe or you'll get the chop was his remit in Paris.
The chop is what he got, but there's no doubting that the experience toughened him. He knew what was coming for many months but got on with his job in difficult circumstances, lifting the Ligue 1 title last season and romping to a domestic treble.
His circumstances at Arsenal are a whole lot better in someways, but a whole lot worse in others. Not
It's a testament to the work that Emery is putting in that Arsenal are in this position. In recent years under Wenger, Napoli would probably have been a bridge too far. But Emery has solidified the Gunners at the back, if only by small margins. And at the end of the day, small margins often win you things. A change in mentality wins you things.
Source : 90min