Saturday, December 8, 2012

State of the Arsenal

Things are not looking for Arsenal at the minute but this has been said at a similar state last season but it was turned around. This time for the first time since he took over the reigns at Arsenal in 1996 a minority section of the Arsenal support started booing Arsene Wegner and that would be a cause of concern for the manager whether it is justly deserved or not is a different matter. The real crux of the matter is when did Arsenal slip from being one of the best teams in the country to fighting for fourth place every year and not competing for the big trophies?

Certainly one of the reasons was the emergence of big spenders Chelsea and Manchester City. The amount of money spent on player transfer fees, wages and the like were and are staggering compared to the rest of the Premiership. True Arsenal in a lot of cases could not compete with the likes of those clubs or Man Utd. for player signatures but what they didn't to was to show ambition to the current crop of players that they had at their disposal to convince them to stay at the club and to win trophies with them. The players records since they left the Emirates would suggest that those said players maid the right move.

Another thing is if we could not compete what about the young players who were put into the first team and the scouting team. I always though the Arsenal team were a bit in balanced when it came to experience and youth and Wegner especially the past two seasons relied on Fabergas and Nasri who were not leaders or at that age yet where they can e made captain I feel and last season where Arsenal relied on Robin Van Persie where he did lead from the front and dragged us into a Champions League spot again but he now also is gone. The players they have left suffer from lack of leadership and a know how to win things since the core of the Arsenal squad have not and also players still want to leave the door with Bacary Sagna and Theo Walcott the latest to leave the club reportedly.

With the scouting system. I don't think Arsenal have not done a good enough job here as the quality is definitely out there for reasonable money check out Demba Ba, Papa Cisse and Yohan Cabaye for Newcastle and Michu for Swansea. Is that down to the manager?

What I will say is Arsene Wegner revolutionized the game and Arsenal football club and it would be a great achievement to finish top four again and this season 3rd and fourth are going to be very open.Could be a surprise club that can make the top four. With the disillusion of the supporters growing each day towards the lack of money spent on the squad, the quietness of the board itself and now slowly heading towards the manager it is dark days for the club but with the announcement of the new sponsorship with the emirates and also the new fair play rules maybe the future can still be bright. The main thing is today everyone needs to be on the same page from the supporters up because if it does not it could be a long and trophyless period for the club.