It is only halfway through the season for Arsenal, but Arsene wenger has already seen his team descend to 23 points behind the League leaders Man City and crash out of the FA Cup in the Third Round for the first time in his 21 years at Arsenal.
The Gunners can now only win a trophy in the two minor competitions of the league Cup and the Europa League, and we will need to get a result at Chelsea on Wednesday to give us our best chance of all. But once the semifinal is over the only thing Wenger can concentrate on is trying to claw his way back into the ‘Wenger Trophy’ positions where we currently lie 4 points behind our biggest rival for 4th place, Liverpool, and one point below Tottenham.
When we played Liverpool recently, the 3-3 draw was littered with defensive errors from both sides, but the difference right now is that Jurgen Klopp has addressed the issue by paying a massive 75m GBP for Virgil van Dijk, while Arsenal have bought an unknown Greek center-back that will go out on loan immediately.
Despite Klopp’s team having a brilliant attacking line-up, the latest transfer rumours are suggesting that he is expected to sign Riyad Mahrez this weekend, while we are expected to lose Alexis Sanchez to Man City. This disparity certainly needs to be addressed if we are to have any hope of beating Liverpool to the Top Four, but Wenger was asked yesterday if we were close to signing anyone he replied: “No, I cannot give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anybody. We signed a Greek boy who looks quite good in training but apart from that, we have not done anything. Will we be out there to do something? Yes we will.”
With one week of the window already gone, Le Prof was then asked if he expected activity very soon, and he gave us hope when he said: “Yes, because we are in the second week of January. After that, it passes quickly.”
So we can but hope that Wenger has a great surprise up his sleeve to relieve the cloud of depression surrounding us Arsenal fans at the moment. We need nothing less than a mega-signing and a great win at Stamford Bridge to cheer us all up again…