As the season moves forward with the up and down drama that a Premier League season promises, Arsenal have struggled to find their feet and with so many notably poor performances against the less favoured sides in the league questions must be raised about the attitude of the current squad.
Arsene Wenger is under pressure to deliver and now faces a task of steadying the sinking ship that is Arsenal Football club. The boss is struggling and, due to his stubborn nature, he refuses to face the cold truth about himself and his weak squad. Arsenal lack quality in various positions and more worrying they lack competition all over the pitch. It has meant senior players like Vermaelen and Sagna have kept their place in the team whilst their performances haven’t been up to standard and the boss is lacking suitable cover.
As Arsenal enter the Winter transfer window the fans have been flooded by an assortment of transfer targets but nothing tangible as of yet which is similar to other years. Wenger seems to have finally understood why the fans are so frustrated and his recent media comments have finally shown a change of heart (a few years late). But with the type of players he/the board have allowed to leave you can see a distinctive difference of opinion between the fan base and the men who wear the suits about the status of this club.
This only makes Wenger’s job harder as the fans will no longer accept cheap replacements for big outgoing players. Alex Ferguson is probably pinching himself everyday wondering how he got Van Persie from his once bitter rivals. It’s embarrassing for a proud man like Wenger and seeing his once talismanic striker aiding Man Utd to another possible title makes him look very stupid and also questions the priorities of the decision makers at the club.
Football is a results game and unfortunately Arsenal’s results haven’t matched up to the stature of the club and this, coupled with the main issues at the Emirates, makes Wenger’s job just a little more impossible and given his almost arrogance in the past few years the fans have little confidence in his ability and this has created a divide amongst them as the for/against debate surrounding ‘Le Prof’ rages on with more people slowly losing faith in him.
Over the past 12 months it has become apparent that Wenger isn’t the problem and is merely part of a bigger problem at Arsenal which has seen world class players leaving for pastures new whilst Wenger is forced to settle for sub standard cut price replacements to feed the pockets of greedy shareholders who only seem interested in taking. These hidden figures at the top seem to not mind selling top players who could potentially help the club win titles to fund this profit addiction created by the cost of a new stadium and the success of Wenger’s conveyor belt. This has seen the club for example go from Cole to Clichy to Gibbs and unfortunately, for each replacement, they are weaker than the man before them. This is sadly true all over the pitch and personally the last time I remember Wenger buying a player in a position stronger than his current 1st choice at the time was when he signed Sagna who leapfrogged Eboue which was in 2007.
As an Arsenal fan it is sad that, realistically, the club is only able to look at the F.A Cup to end this 8 year drought, with most people looking at the tie against Bayern Munich as a step too far for this team. Even if they were to get through, its hard to see Arsenal winning the UCL ahead of the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man Utd, Dortmund or Juventus without some major luck. The last month has seen Arsenal win some games and begin the process of turning around another poor start to a campaign, but the Southampton game represents a recent trend for Arsenal which belittles the desire and hunger of this team, as they seem to be unable to motivate themselves in games where they are clear favourites, especially away from home.
This has made the fans of club look unloyal as they are all too ready to celebrate victories but then turn away when the team isn’t winning and going through turbulence. How many times have we seen the Emirates packed with joyful fans celebrating a temporary victory in comparison to the team being booed off at HT or FT when the result doesn’t correspond maybe a week later?
I feel as if Wenger’s role has become more of an executive one similar to a Director of Football or a Technical Director rather than solely manager and this myopia has meant he ignores micro issues that are affecting the club that slowly develop and become worrying trends.
The frustration has made this period make or break for the whole club as so many issues the club face have reached boiling point. Solutions are needed ASAP!! ”
P.S although the quality of the writing in this post may be questioned however the points raised cannot be ignored.