Arsenal need to find some form, somehow, anyhow. We have been in this position before, of course, like two seasons ago when the Gunners were well beaten at home by Bayern Munich after going out of the FA cup to lower league Blackburn before losing to our north London rivals Tottenham. That left us with no chance of a trophy and with a real struggle to beat the spuds to fourth spot.
The critics, including many Arsenal fans, were relentless, with the players but especially Arsene Wenger being put to the sword and written off. That seemed to spur us on and we went and beat Bayern away and did not lose another game for the rest of the season.
So I think the heavy criticism that the Gunners are getting after a slow start and a horror show in Dortmund could be just what we need. This season so far, the TV pundits have been quite generous to Arsenal because of how well we did last season and the good transfer business the club did this summer.
Last season we were written off continually even though the team was playing well and were top of the league for so long and that seemed to make us even more determined to prove people wrong and that is what we need to do again. The players pride should be stung, especially our record signing Mesut Ozil.
I didn’t think he was the worst Gunner on the pitch in Germany by any means, but the German paper BILD stuck the knife in and gave him the lowest possible rating, while all his critics are lining up to take shots. It is time for Ozil to get angry and prove that he is not going the way of Juan Sebastian Veron, as suggested by Daily Mail reporter Matt Barlow.
We know he has the ability, it is now about the attitude, for Ozil and all of the Arsenal players. They need to listen to all the harsh words of criticism and then make their critics eat those words!!