We have all heard the old football adage about a manager pinning up in the dressing room some criticism of his players in order to sting them into extra effort to prove the doubters wrong, but I am not sure if Arsene Wenger has ever tried this little psychological trick on the Gunners.
To be honest I was expecting the Arsenal and Wales international midfield star Aaron Ramsey to show something like his best form during this international break, just as he did for Wales last summer at Euro 2016 in which he was included in the team of the tournament. In some ways that would have been even harder for Arsenal fans to take after his pretty pathetic season.
This is all just an Arsenal transfer rumour at the moment and even if it is on the cards then things could change in the coming weeks, as we do not know how the rest of the Premier League season will go for Jack Wilshere at his loan club AFC Bournemouth or even who will be the Arsenal manager next season.
I am not sure whether it would have been better for the Arsenal and Germany international star to be in the starting line-up against Azerbaijan today, because Mesut Ozil has not kicked a ball in anger for over a month and so could certainly do with the run out.
Arsene Wenger has already given us a clear indication that the decision about whether he will stay on as the manager of Arsenal has been made and that we should all know pretty soon what that decision is. So far, though, we can only speculate and there have been some very conflicting reports in the football media.
When the Arsenal transfer news broke a few years ago about Arsene Wenger signing the veteran keeper Petr Cech from our Premier League and London rivals Chelsea, it was met with widespread approval from the Arsenal fans and the football media.
There are not many Arsenal fans that would disagree that our silky Spaniard Santi Cazorla has been one of our most important players over the last five years, but now he has passed the grand old age of 32 we have learnt to accept that he won’t be around much longer.
Arsenal are being linked with a move to sign Arda Turan from Barcelona, with Mesut Ozil looking a possible depàrture this term.
The German playmaker has so far failed to agree terms on a new contract with the Gunners, and has looked like he is lacking confidence and fight in recent months, leading to speculation he is disillusioned with life at present.