Arsenal’s new Promised Land? by SB
So the new era, the new dawn began. A phase in the club where Arsenal was supposed to have more than enough cash to bring in top quality players, win cups and league, grow and consolidate our fan base, reach the glorious summit of world football.
But four months in to the season and all looks bleak, doom and gloom lurks and a storm threatens to tear things to shreds, pundits smirk and berate us and the Arsenal faithful question Arsene Wenger’s ability to lead us into the glorious era.
After drawing 7 games and losing 3 in 18 all competition matches we may as well call ourselves the “Draw-Kings”. Gooners pay more than any other for gate-receipts, kits, the Arsenal School in their vicinity and tune in during match days resulting in increased TV revenue. So we are entitled to be critical when the club is underachieving in performance.
But the question that is “What really went wrong” and “Are we underachieving”?
The answer to the first question is very simple if you look closely. We currently have 7 first team players out injured who are vital cogs in the Arsenal game- Mesut, Giroud, Ospina, Debuchy, Jack, Arteta, Koscielny to be precise. Theo still being slowly bought in. To add salt to wound our top performers like Ramsey, Santi are terribly out of form. Also keeping in mind we bought in 5 new players, 3 of whom-Sanchez, Chambers, Welbeck- are still adjusting to the Arsenal way and the team still learning the new 4-1-4-1. Also we needed a few defensive covers in regards to CBs but who unfortunately weren’t available epitomized by ManU -who are in need of more defensive cover- buying Marcos Rojo for 16 million and Liverpool buying Loveren for 20 million respectively. Wenger has promised defensive covers in January if available. We just need to keep patience.
The answer to the second question can be answered by a quick look at the PL table. We are 9 points of top, but to put things in perspective we are 8 points of relegation. We are also set to qualify for Champions League Round of 16 again, now if we can top the group is a different matter of fact and circumstances that we can only speculate about. But to be the best, you have to beat the rest and we certainly are not at our best in terms of performances. Also to quote Wenger “Our performance on field is not being reflected in the results”.
But now what we do have is a core of young players, the average age squad on a matchday is 25, who are very talented but with limited experiences. These players will go on to achieve many a thing in the near future but with a few setbacks at times. Everything can’t be rosy all the time, can it?
You as a fan can decide to make a difference. Get behind the team during some unforeseen difficult circumstances or simply boo them when an unexpected result happen?