Former Arsenal boss George Graham launched a scathing attack on the club after our season got off to a disappointing start against West Ham United, talkSPORT reports.
Graham revealed that he shared the optimism of many going into the new campaign following our serene summer preparations and the arrival of Petr Cech.
After being handed a very winnable start, Graham believes that a lack leadership throughout the club was to blame for a very lacklustre display.
He was particularly surprised by how we allowed West Ham a fair share of the possession in the first half.
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“I was really disappointed and very surprised by Arsenal,” Graham told talkSPORT.
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“Their pre-season form had been excellent and I thought, ‘right, let’s go at West Ham.’ But it amazed me that after the first 20 minutes, both sides had 50 per cent possession – when does an away team come to the Emirates and get that sort of possession? Very, very rarely.
“I was really surprised Arsenal didn’t press the ball and put West Ham under pressure, and maybe that just shows you the lack of leadership at the club.”
Graham noting a lack of leadership at the “club” rather than the ‘team’ suggests that he includes Arsene Wenger in his latest criticisms.
Wenger, with the preparation and the mentality of the players not up to the required standard, must also accept his share of the blame.
If ever there is an ideal time for a wake-up call, the first game of the season represents exactly that and hopefully we can now go on a sustained run.