Arsene Wenger has admitted his future with Arsenal is far from certain as his side slipped down to tenth place – his worst start to a season with the Gunners.
Arsenal had a dreadful beginning to last season but with the help of Van Persie’s sharp shooting, Song’s pin point passing and Arteta’s quality they were able to claw their way up the table. With Song at Barcelona and Van Persie now a rival, this time around Wenger will struggle to pull off such a comeback with the lack of reinforcing after such high profile exits over the past few seasons.
The Frenchman is definitely feeling the pressure and although he will not resign he has admitted his future will be reviewed at the end of this season. He was asked whether quitting had crossed his mind:
Not at all. You make your assessment at the end of the season. I know we’ve got unrest everywhere. It’s a good opportunity to stick together and show we’re a strong club.
The Gunners are sitting in 10th place with only 21 points from 15 games, a truly dismal start to the campaign. The loss at the weekend was a new low, and this season there is no Van Persie to pull us out of the mess.
On paper Arsenal have one of the finest first XI in the league, but they are just not gelling and there isn’t enough depth in the squad as we all feared may be the case after the summer transfer sagas. They failed to reinforce appropriately and once again we are paying for it.
Time for a rant..
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Gervinho is utter crap and was bought as a poor-mans Eden Hazard because we didn’t splash out when we should have. Giroud is a decent striker, but he is new to the club and country and should never have had this much expectation on his shoulders. Manchester United and City have four-five top strikers that would walk into the Arsenal lineup.
Diaby is injury prone as we all know so why Wenger/the board could justify selling Song with Diaby his ‘replacement’ is beyond me. M’Vila was available but yet we have played Arteta as the defensive shield which is not his best position, and time and time again we are paying for that.
The likes of Podolski and Cazorla are just not in their best form at present which isn’t helping the case, and Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t producing the spark he demonstrated last season, while Walcott is his usual hot-and-cold self. Something has to change and Wenger better find out how to do it quickly!
The answer isn’t to throw the Frenchman out the door, look at Chelsea – instability with their manager/s is the worst possible scenario. He needs to spend in January and seriously. We need at least another striker or two, a left back and a solid defensive midfielder.
Wenger is set to face his toughest test this season as Champions League qualification is becoming less and less of a reality every week. He needs to turn things around and soon otherwise this may well be the last we see of Le Professeur.
In other Arsenal news, Wenger will now have two shots of vengeance at Swansea this season, as they will travel to Wales for their FA Cup fixture to be played on January 5/6, 2013.
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