Well, that was not good, was it? Another poor showing from the team and now Arsenal’s top-four hopes are no longer in our own hands with just three games to go.
Where does one start? There are problems all over the place and not just with the players and it is hard to see how we are going to be able to turn things around any time soon and the performance on the field last night against Wolves is a clear indicator that all is not rosy with our beautiful club.
Arsenal need a leader
That is now abundantly clear, a Tony Adams of old would have steadied the ship when Wolves were overrunning us in the first half and kept the score down while we regrouped, there was zero sign of that last night and not just from Laurent Koscielny but from anyone on the pitch.
The defence is not fit for purpose
Monreal simply does not have the legs anymore, Sokratis is mediocre at best, Maitland-Niles progression is starting to flounder, Koscielny has little impact as a leader – and apart from maybe one or two players we are seriously lacking in depth in terms of defensive quality.
Ozil is no longer a great asset
His defenders are running out of excuses, he offered up nothing once again and it is ok blaming the players around him but where was his influence? his encouragement? his leading by example?
Emery is lacking a credible plan B
Too often recently Unai Emery has been unable to change the direction of a game, against Everton, against Crystal Palace and even against Watford he was unable to turn things around, his substitutions and tactical changes have made almost no difference and at some point, the buck has to stop with the manager.
Arsenal are not fit for Champions League football
Unless a huge influx of quality players are brought in Arsenal will just be making up the numbers if they qualify for the Champions League, we are just not good enough. We are closer to Wolves than Liverpool or Man City and that is just in the Premier League. You can forget PSG, Barca, Juve, Bayern Munich and Ajax, we are not in their class.
I actually made a list of ten issues and could have made even more that is how deep the problems run with us right now and it is depressing and the really sad thing is, that last night’s defeat was not a surprise.