With the Premier League season at the halfway point, the debate rages on as to whether Arsenal are capable of going all the way and clinching the title. The latest person to join the debate is George Graham, who suggests that his former club can indeed be crowned champions of England by taking advantage of the faltering form of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
There is no doubt that Danny Welbeck has made a good start to life as an Arsenal player. Not only have his attitude and personality allowed him to slot straight in with his new team mates off the pitch, his willingness to work hard on the pitch has given the Gunners a spring in their step and has shown that there is life after the injury to Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal are under no illusions about the sixe of the task ahead of them if they are to progress to the next round of the Champions League. Going to the home of the strongest team in Europe, if not the world, needing to score two goals and not concede just to earn an extra 30 minutes is a mountain of Everest proportions.
There is a monkey on the back of the current Arsenal team and it has been there for eight years now. I am, of course, talking about the trophy drought, which is really starting to bug the fans, especially as the English media cannot wait to bring it up at the drop of the hat. Remember Carl Jenkinson’s post-match interview following the fantastic victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena?
George Graham had a decent stint himself as manager of Arsenal. In nearly nine years in charge of the Gunners, he won two titles and four cups. He was sacked by the club after the `bung` scandal when he took nearly half a million to facilitate the transfers of John Jensen and Pal Lydersen.
Swansea 2 – 2 Arsenal, the score line flatters us by KJ
What can I say? It was another mediocre performance by the Arsenal. The players were by and large dreadful and completely lacked any creativity until we went a goal down. We were lucky to come out of the game still in the FA cup.
The former Arsenal manager George Graham is backing Arsene Wenger to prove his critics wrong and get the Gunners back to playing the exciting, flowing and attacking football that he made famous when he joined the club. Graham believes that Wenger needs to use another of his skills to do it, though. Le Prof has unearthed some real gems in the past, and he will need to do it again in the January transfer window to appease the increasingly frustrated and belligerent fans.
The ex-Gunners manager George Graham is upset that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board refuse to go that extra mile to actually win a real trophy rather than just aiming to qualify for the Champions League, and even then don’t expect to get past the quarter-finals!