Arsenal are currently in the biggest slump I have ever known under Arsene Wenger, and although the Gunners lost four games in a row in 2002, they have never lost five in a row under the Boss, which could easily happen on Thursday.
But if we are going to reverse the decline we need to identify the causes and address them. There has been rumours regarding unrest between some of the players, and Danny Welbeck denied it when was asked about this. “There’s no split in the camp. I didn’t even know about that story until now,” he said.
“I’ve not really seen much of the criticism. I can imagine it’s not been great because with the results and being at Arsenal, it’s not good enough.
“It’s not something where I’ve sat down and read through newspapers and stuff but we know we should be doing much better than where we are.
“But I think if we stand together as players, as a team with the manager and the staff and everyone involved around the club, then unity will make us stronger.”
Our veteran defender Laurent koscielny has also called for unity from everyone at the club, as he told Arsenal.com: “We know we’re in a bad situation, a bad period,” he said. “We tried but nothing is with us. We tried to fight [at the Amex Stadium] and play football but you could see the confidence is very down.
“It will come back slowly. It is a bad period but we need everyone at this club – players, staff and fans – to be together and to fight to stay the highest we can.
“It is very difficult but football is like this. Now you focus on the next game, to prepare well. You need to put your head down and work.
“It will be very hard to finish in the top four. We’ve had a bad period and have not had the results we wanted. We lost our confidence a little bit and on the pitch we didn’t have the confidence we need to push ourselves more and to play well with the ball.
“We miss a lot of passes but we need to stay together, to fight together. We need to win to have more freedom on the pitch and we need to stay together. It is important to have everyone behind us.”
Looking at the comments on here and many other blogs, it doesn’t look like the fans are feeling like backing Wenger any more, and to be honest it doesn’t look like the players are either. Should we get bejhind the team for a while and try and give them a boost?