Don't know about the Wenger/Clichy thing. Relationships are personal and can be affected by matters off the pitch. As for the rest of your sentiments, I broadly agree. This club had an idealistic misconception of player loyalty based on acquiring and developing players from a young age. Not only did we get it badly wrong by investing so much stock in FFP, we doubled down by doing so in the HG rule, think that these benevolent directives would supercede wealth and success in a sport governed by corruption and nepotism. It's 100% the right thing to do, but it is not the job of any authority to level the playing field. We needed to adapt and evolve our tactics, coaching and recruitment model way sooner than we did, but we were too fearful of outside intervention (which came along anyway). Anyhow what's done is done. Long winded way of saying I agree with you but just to reiterate your point, acceptance of mediocrity became evident as our CL performances deteriorited, and we became top 6 whipping boys. The culmination of falling outside the top 4 was inevitable. We still have a legacy of that mediocrity that I think you see as much as I do, and that, to me, stems from rewarding players who make the same mistakes and non-appearances season in season out. Look at Walcott now being exposed for his true level. I believe very much in backing everyone who throws on the jersey and gives 100% on the pitch, but there are some players in critical roles who simply aren't good enough for the level we need to reach.