The Gunners are on their worst run of results in the history of Arsene Wenger’s leadership at Arsenal, and the main reason I can see is because of all the uncertainty about Wenger’s and our star players contract situations. Mesut Ozil spoke up in the media the other day saying that he intends to forget about his contract talks until the season is actually over, as we still have targets to reach like the Top Four and of course our FA Cup semi-final.
With us facing a trip to Middlesbrough on Monday, it is imperative that we forget the media circus (and the protests) and actually get behind the team as we try to salvage something from this disastrous run. As Wenger said yesterday: “In the final part of the season, with eight games to go, it’s difficult when you get distracted,”
“We have to focus on the right things. In the summer, you have a longer period for the club to negotiate and plan the future.”
Totally ignoring his words, of course the media preferred to stir things up again (as they do in every press conference) by asking Le Prof about his own plans for the future. “Nothing [has changed],” he replied. “I focus on what is important for me, that is the performance of the team and what the fans are interested in is the performance of the team.”
“We spend a lot of time in our society to focus on things that are superficial and not take care of the essentials. The essential in football is that we have to make sure of one thing. Good players on the football pitch. That’s what we have to take care of.”
So we need the players to concentrate on getting their confidence back, and the best way to do that is to get a convincing win this week, to give us a little hope ahead of our FA Cup semifinal at Wembley next weekend. So how about we just let Wenger and the lads just do their jobs for the next 10 games (if we get to the FA Cup Final) and worry about the rest once it’s all over?