THe former Arsenal striker Ian Wright was clearly as naffed off as the rest of us after watching Arsenal crash to another shocking and shambolic defeat in the Champions League. With two games against the on fire Bayern Munich next up, our chances of qualifying are slim at best and Wrighty could not hide his dismay as he spoke after the game.
As well as reserving a special criticism for Arsene Wenger and his dodgy decision to play David Ospina instead of Petr Cech, the former Gunner was scathing about the whole team. And it is the same old problems that keep coming up. He referred to other recent failures like Monaco in the last 16 last season and the Premier League opener with West Ham and he gave a theory about why these things keep happening.
It’s all about expectations he says. The theory is that when we are up against it and the pressure is off then the team performs, but when we are expected to win important games the team does not perform. There are certainly pl;enty of incidents over the years to back up Wrighty’s claim and it is hard to argue against.
If Ian is right, how can the problem be fixed? Is it the players, the manager, the transfer policy or a combination of all three?