When we were in the CL consistently we had to contend with Man U and Chelsea.
Then Man City came along, followed by Liverpool and more embarrassing, spurs.
Also, all the other top clubs have strengthened significantly with better players better managers than Wenger, or both.
Even Everton have strengthened more than we have in the transfer window and have a manager who seems to know what he’s doing.
Unless some of these clubs slip up, or the team that let us down so badly last season decides to start playing like they should, it will still be difficult because we have a manager who won’t change.
All the opposition clubs have had serious investment and have showed ambition while we have just stagnated even further.
Sanchez could be a problem rather than the player to get us a top four place, and just because we used to be consistently in the CL doesn’t mean anything.
We could just as easily fall further behind.