It’s early days yet, but it looks like Arsenal will be fighting to secure another top four finish rather than the Premier League title, after picking up a disappointing 11 points out of a possible 24 so far.
But who should we point the finger of blame at? Arsene Wenger? The players? Or the non-football board we have at the club.
Well to be fair, all must take a share of the blame for our failings thus far, but none more so than Wenger himself.
Regardless of our performances and results to date, we do actually have a very talented side, one with many game changers and players that could be classified as ‘world-class’.
However, Wenger just doesn’t know how to motivate them, nor is he a manager than understands where his players best operate – Mesut Ozil for example plays out wide rather than in the centre, a player who is renowned for his creativity and assist. But the German just hasn’t been the same since he joined us last summer.
Not only is Wenger poor at man-management, but the Frenchman is very naive when it comes to transfer dealings and bolstering up his squad. Yes he brought in the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, David Ospina and Danny Welbeck, but he hasn’t allowed for current squad members that might pick up injuries, which unfortunately is the case once again!
Pundits and fans alike were calling on Wenger to sign a top striker in the summer, he bought in Welbeck, a player who isn’t exactly lethal in front of goal. We were also urging Arsene to sign a holding midfielder, he didn’t. Instead he kept faith in Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini – the former is now injured while Flamini is not highly rated amongst the Emirates faithful.
Poor decision-making in the transfer market and tactically have left us 11 points adrift of table topping Chelsea, and we’ve only played EIGHT games! This isn’t good enough, nor is it acceptable, and as Wenger is the manager he must shoulder the blame for our mishaps.
The money-loving board aren’t exactly doing us any favours, but as Wenger is earning £8 million-a-year to manage a talented side and huge club, I, and I’m sure everyone reading this, expect him to do a better job.
We were expecting our club to be challenging for the Premier League title this season, but our ‘challenge’ has already faded and we haven’t even entered November!
Another top four finish it is then.