Although Arsenal recently won back-to-back FA Cup trophies, their long wait for a Premier League title continues. Club legend Nwankwo Kanu gave his thoughts on the true culprit behind the Gunners’ misfortunes, blaming it on their tendency to crack under the pressure.
The Championship crown has switched hands between four clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Leicester -since the north London outfit last clinched the title. Since then, Arsene Wenger has threatened to challenge their rivals, but they always seem to fade out of the race after the New Year.
Last season was Arsenal’s golden opportunity to end their long wait. The Blues were suffering an internal crisis with then manager Jose Mourinho, whilst the Red Devils never really found their rhythm under Louis van Gaal. Nonetheless, Le Prof’s boys were beaten to the title by the Foxes, who finished 10 points ahead of the Gunners.
Kanu, who played and scored a hat-trick in the Arsenal Legends vs. Milan Glorie charity match, blames his former employers of letting the fans down when the club are needing them the most. He was quoted by AOL Sport UK as saying:
“You know the problem with Arsenal. When you need them, they let you down.
“I believe they have learned from that.
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“It doesn’t matter how good you play football, you need to get the points when it’s needed.”
Arsenal began the new campaign in typical fashion, losing 4-3 at home to Liverpool to send the fans into meltdown. A goal-less draw with the reigning champions Leicester then followed before beating Watford 3-1 for their first victory of the 2016/17 season.
It has hardly been an exciting start to the season and that is why there have been so much angst and disappointment among fans. The same mistakes are continually made, with our delay in the transfer market and issues with injuries always hindering us at the start of every campaign and then again in the thick of winter.
The Gunners have welcomed both Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez to their squad, both of whom are yet to make their debut but offer some much needed optimism among supporters. Now all that is needed is some consistency in Arsenal’s performances and getting a nice run of wins under our belt.
The squad is strong and with some smart tinkering by Wenger, the Gunners do have a chance of battling on all four fronts this campaign.
Next up is an Emirates Stadium clash with Southampton.