I am going out on a limb here and assuming that Arsene Wenger will now accept that some of the current Arsenal squad are not good enough, and to have any chance of winning the Premier League title next year he will have to add some real top quality players in the summer transfer window. We all fear, though, that the Frenchman will not agree.
There have been plenty of football managers linked with the Arsenal job down the years. Every time the team is on a bad run or puts in a lacklustre performance or simply does not get the right result, we hear the calls of Wenger out again. They died down a bit in the last two years after the prof steered us to FA cup trophy wins in back to back Wembley finals but another year without the big one of the Premier League title has brought the knives out for the Frenchman once again.
It was a major disappointment to all Arsenal fans when Watford inflicted our first FA Cup defeat in three years just a few weeks ago, but Nacho Monreal reckons that it will be a different kettle of fish this weekend as the Gunners have got bigger fish to fry this time around.
Unless the Arsenal board and Arsene Wenger were to have a drastic change in the way they spend money on transfer fees and wages, you would generally assume that we would lose out in a toe-to-toe transfer battle with a big spending club like Manchester United.
Despite Arsenal being the most consistent team in Europe in the whole of 2015, The Gunner’s form deteriorated badly after the New Year and they have now dropped to 11 points behind Leicester with just 8 games to go, as well as exiting from both the FA Cup and Champions League in the space of 4 days.
Arsene Wenger was delighted and relieved that his Arsenal team were able to beat Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, and not just because the performance deserved to see all three points come back to north London. The Frenchman admitted that the race for the Premier League title would have been over otherwise.
I am not talking about the Arsenal fans that have been fighting among themselves or the Arsenal fans demanding that the club sack Arsene Wenger or even wanting the team to lose so the Frenchman is forced to quit, although I do think a heavy dose of chill pills is in order for a few of us at the moment.
With official captain Mikel Arteta only managing cameos for Arsenal this season, and Per Mertesacker relegated to the bench recently, it was left to Laurent Koscielny to marshall the defence and the team against Everton yesterday. He was obviously happy that the Gunners finally got their first League win for a month, but just as importantly we kept a clean sheet despite being up against one of the Premiership’s most in-form striker Romelu Lukaku.