No matter how much blame you allocate to Arsene Wenger for the poor performances of Arsenal this season in big games like the home defeat by Watford, the limp display away to Chelsea and most obviously the complete battering at the hands of Bayern Munich, you must realise that the manager does not send the side out with instructions to play poorly or not put much effort in.
After4 all that has happened with Arsenal Football Club already this season, especially in the last few weeks in which back to back defeats to Watford and Chelsea ended any realistic hopes of the Premier League title and the humiliating hammering away to Bayern Munich left us needing a miracle to stay in the Champions League, a lot of Arsenal fans will not be happy with anything less than a heavy win over National Lea\gue club Sutton United in the FA cup tonight.
While the Arsenal fans may be hoping for a change at the top this summer, with Arsene Wenger’s long spell as our manager more likely than ever to come to an end, there could be a lot of changes in the dressing room as well. No doubt there will be a lot of clubs in the Premier League and abroad hoping to take advantage of the situation at Arsenal and one of the first could be our old EPL rivals Manchester United.
I will say one thing for Arsene Wenger, as the Frenchman has proved that even if his Arsenal side do not have the resilience and mental toughness that he often talks about but which the football experts on TV seem unable to detect year on year.
Arsenal fans will be sick and tired of the name Bayern Munich by now and it is likely to get worse for us when Carlo Ancelotti brings the German team to north London for the second leg of our Champions League knockout encounter in a couple of weeks.
There is a theory that Arsenal fans may well be left wishing that Arsene Wenger had stayed for at least one more season, assuming that the Frenchman does decide to call time on his career in north London this summer as most people now seem to think he will.
There was no doubt that the Arsenal and Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez was frustrated for a lot of the Champions League defeat away to Bayern Munich in midweek and who can blame him? I do not really like it when any player loses his cool and calls out their teammates during a match but with Alexis being virtually on his own in terms of effort to close the Germans down, stem the tide and get something going for the Gunners, you can understand the Chilean’s feelings.
It is not only the Germany international star that needs to pull his socks up for Arsenal and put in the sort of performance we know that he can, but as he is among the club’s top earners, if not the very top as some sources have suggested, as well as having the reputation of being one of the best creative footballers on the planet, you can understand why people expect more from Mesut Ozil.