Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday that, although Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are not exactly 100 percent match fit after coming back off the injury list, he does have the full squad of Arsenal players to choose from. The fact that this is the first game this season when he has been able to say that does highlight the massive problems the boss has been faced with again this season and we can only wonder what might have been had he been able to call on his strongest XI every week as Leicester and the Spuds have.
I very much doubt whether the attempt by Arsene Wenger to curtail the planned protest from Arsenal fans today will have any effect, unless his ill advised decision to suggest that the Gunners’ failures at home were down to the atmosphere created by the fans rather than their lack of grit, ability, spirit or tactics actually make the protest bigger and louder than it would have been.
Okay so things should get very interesting at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow, where Arsenal play host to a Norwich City side fighting for their Premier League survival. There was already going to be protests from the Arsenal fans about how the club and the groundhog day of a season and the need for either Arsene Wenger to change his ways or be replaced.
I have absolutely no problem with the protests planned by Arsenal fan groups for the home game against Norwich City tomorrow. Despite counting myself on the side of those fans that still respect the prof for his years of service I do agree that something has to change and it is our right to let the club know how we feel.
Arsene Wenger is clearly well aware about the protests being planned by the angry Arsenal fans for our Premier League match against struggling Norwich City at the Emirates stadium tomorrow, because the manager today issued a sort of rallying cry asking for us to support the team as he tries to avoid the complete disaster of dropping out of the Champions League places for the first time in his long tenure in charge of the club.
Ever since the Arsenal fans accepted that our team was not going to win the Premier League title this season, whether that was after losing back to back games against Man United and Swansea, the draw with West Ham or even much earlier, most of us have transferred our title hopes to Leicester City and not just because of the typical English urge to back the underdog, but to stop our north London rivals for getting their hands on the coveted EPL trophy.
In the five games that Arsenal have played so far in the month of May, our Costa Rican international forward Joel Campbell has made just brief appearances from the bench, spending about 15 minutes in total. They were also at the end of the games against Watford and West Brom with the wins for Arsenal already confirmed.
The Romford Pele himself, Ray Parlour, has been giving his thoughts on Arsenal and the season which is now drawing to a close with the usual fight for fourth place when we all expected and hoped for so much more from the Gunners this time. He stopped short of blaming the boss, even though he also feels that next year will probably be the last one under the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger.