Are you shocked Arsenal are dropping points in December? Please. This is par the course. If you were looking at Arsenal stringing results together and thinking there would be a second coming of Wenger, you were wrong.
This is the Arsenal way. Mesut drops some scintillating performances early on in the season, players stay fit, the team clicks for a few games, and we think Wenger has finally cracked it.
He’ll never crack the Premier League nut again. It’s over. Stop doing this to yourself.
The West Ham performance was dismal, but it wasn’t unexpected. We’re a very good squad of players that can’t function consistently under a very average £10m a year manager.
Is top 4 finished? Don’t be silly.
We’ll have a spike of form that’ll put us right back up there.
What is absolutely telling is that the great form we had earlier in the season seems to be very closely correlated to the drop in game numbers (Europa resting). Wenger rests the whole squad between Premier League games. Now the games are coming thick and fast and we’re seeing the real Arsenal. Inconsistent and lacking quality under fatigue. Even Wenger has acknowledged it.
“Maybe if [West Ham] had played on Sunday and we had played on Saturday, it would have been different. They had more physical resources to defend with a lot of decisiveness.”
Really makes you wonder how bad this season would be if we’d finished 4th and had to contend with high-intensity games on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.
However, the upshot for me is this… we’ll be winning games again when we land in 2018. If we’re within striking distance of top 4, which we will be, I’ve no doubt the lack of CL games will count and we’ll make a go of it.
The question for the board is this: Can we really afford to let Wenger continue to waste money in the transfer window when it’s clear he can’t make a great squad title challengers in a season where there’s no Champions League?
How long do the club continue to indulge a man who is scaring off our great players, failing to attract top-tier talent, whilst consistently having his arse handed to him by better managers?
I was having dinner with a Gooner friend the other day talking about Le Grove and where it goes over the next few years. My thought was that the site feels a little like UKIP after Brexit. Wenger hasn’t gone, but the 2-year countdown is in action. There’s no argument about Wenger being past it now. The notion of Wenger out is mainstream and accepted.
Fans, and bloggers alike are in this weird footballing purgatory. We’re just waiting for the guillotine to drop and for this stasis to end. Because we know it’s going to be over soon, we don’t get too angry. We’re just apathetic to it all. We’ve seen this story play out so many times before, so we’re totally braced for the beige sludge of the season crescendo.
Wenger is done. The players know it, the fans know it, the opposition fans know it. The question now isn’t will he go, it’s will he go sooner than expected if he has a shocking season under a new management hierarchy?
I really hope so, because I can’t take the boredom any longer.
Also, thanks for bearing with me recently, I’ve been bogged down in a big project at work, so getting to the blog is becoming tough.
HOWEVER, I am flying back tomorrow, so I’ll be at the game at the weekend.
I CANNOT WAIT YES YES YES!
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