The Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem has been amongst the first team squad for some time now, but has unfortunately never really been able to make his way into the match day squad. The American is a regular amongst the Arsenal youth teams and has been very promising in his quality whist at the club. A loan spell at Scottish giants Rangers also proved his potential, but he still seems no closer to making another appearance with the Arsenal first team.
Failing to reach the top four for the first time in twenty years is a true indication into how the 2016/2017 has unravelled in front of our eyes, with yet another mid-season collapse proving fatal as the team were unable to claw their way out of the hole they dug themselves into. It has done little to dampen the growing disharmony at the club, with fans continuing to be divided over Arsene Wenger’s future as manager as he remains silent over what his plans are. His perceived stubbornness and arrogance has left everyone in limbo, and with growing rumours that Alexis Sanchez has decided to leave for pastures new after missing out on Champions League football proved to be the final straw for a player who has cut a disconsolate figure in recent weeks, the fallout from a hugely disappointing campaign could have lasting consequences. However, despite all the doom and gloom at the Emirates, it could all have a silver lining if Arsenal are triumphant against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Petit: Arsenal in danger of acquiring ‘loser’ image by AT
With Arsenal having a largely disappointing season after failing to achieve the bare minimun of Champions League qualification, there is certainly no shortage of football pundits with strong opinions on what is going wrong at the club, the latest of whom is Emmanuel Petit. The former Arsenal man claimed that the Gunners are in danger of acquiring a ‘loser’ image and highlighted the mentality of some players as a major factor.
Arsenal have recently been linked with a 19 year old striker showing his strengths in the Belgian Juplier League, playing his trade for KAS Eupen.
When Alex Iwobi burst onto the scene a couple of seasons ago, all who watched the youngster ply his trade could see that he had the potential to reach great heights at Arsenal. In fact, Iwobi was impressive to such an extent that he had won himself a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s starting eleven during the latter stages of the previous campaign. But while the pressure may have gotten the better of him this time, I believe that next season could be his breakthrough season.
Arsenal might salvage something from a tough season by winning the FA Cup, but they are facing a defensive crisis ahead of the final. Facing Chelsea is a daunting enough prospect with a full team fit and raring to go, but it becomes even tougher when you are missing crucial players.
The worst nightmare of every Arsenal fan came to life the past weekend – Arsenal failed to achieve the bare minimum, which is Champions League qualification. So despite the late surge of victories, the Gunners will now play in Europe’s secondary competition, the UEFA Europa League for the first time in the club’s history. So how should Arsenal approach playing in the minor league?
When Arsenal signed Danny Welbeck from Manchester United in 2014, the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claimed that the deal went through because the Manchester club owed him ‘a favour’ after the sale of Robin van Persie. But three years on, it appears that the deal was a shrewd piece of business from the side of Louis van Gaal, who had made it clear that there was no space in his side for Welbeck.