Theo Walcott insists Arsenal’s appalling start to the season is not down to Arsene Wenger, but the players themselves.
The Gunners currently sit in 17th position after only managing to pick up 1 win in their first 5 Premier League games – the club are in the midst of their worst start to a season for more than 50 years and fans are not happy.
Poor performances and results have seen Wenger’s position come under severe scrutiny in the past couple of weeks, which have led to some supporters calling for the Frenchman’s head and a new man to take charge of the north London club.
However, Walcott believes that Arsenal’s poor start is the fault of the players and not that of the manager:
The 23-year-old England international recently told Absolute Radio’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Football:
‘The boss is a great man, he can deal with anything thrown at him. He’s been at the club for over 15 years and so he’s not under any pressure at all.’
‘Us players, we need to look at ourselves and start doing it on the pitch, to be honest.’
‘A lot of people say about the defensive sort of issue but it’s not just the back four, you need to look at defending as a whole team.’
‘We haven’t managed to do that, to be honest, so we need to make sure we’re at it against Bolton at the weekend.’
Walcott finished off by saying:
‘The boss can deal with anything.’
I respect Walcott for openly admitting that the club’s current circumstances lie with the players. However, whether we like it or not, Wenger has to carry some blame for Arsenal’s appalling start to the new season.
The Frenchman had enough funds to replace the departed, but left it too late – whether the board allowed him to spend the cash is another matter – the point is Wenger is in charge of the club and it’s down to him to get the best out of our squad and, quite frankly, performances as well as results haven’t been up to scratch.
I’m just glad that Walcott realised that they (the players) have to up their game in the upcoming weeks or face an absolute disastrous season ahead.
Come on Arsenal!!!
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