With recent triumphs over the likes of Spurs and Liverpool already a distant memory and blip in the woeful form shown this season, I ask, what’s next for the Arsenal?
A line of 3 uninspiring displays against supposedly inferior opposition was capped off by the most lack lustre, pitiful display since; well, Norwich away or Fulham at home- but the most recent loss against Swansea signifies a seismic event in English Football.
For when Arsenal were beaten at home 2-0 by Swansea City, a team recently promoted from the Championship, there was no shock, no front page news, and no surprise to any followers of Arsenal Football Club.
The main issue that I have with Arsenal of late is the stagnant nature of each performance, with a complete lack of desire shown by players to seem willing to fight for the shirt that they should feel honoured to wear.
I have often criticised the shambolic work ethic delivered from the team as a whole; however, recently the plummet of form has coincided with this work ethic reducing even further. It is fair to say that we have a couple of stand out players in the squad that seem willing to put in the effort that is required, for example Carl Jenkinson, but this clearly is not enough.
This ‘stagnant’ theme can be used to describe the club as a whole. For the last 5 years, I and the media, and all other supporters that watch Arsenal week in week out, have been able to use the exact same criticism for Arsenal Football Club. The fact that issues such as the lack of investment in the playing staff, have not been rectified makes it increasingly harder to stand up for Arsene Wenger.
This is a man that I have revered and adored for the way that he has given Arsenal 15 years of his life, turning down the chance to work for every grand footballing institution in Europe, whilst building Arsenal into a footballing super power.
Unfortunately, the excuses are wearing thin on my already short temper. The stick that Arsenal are beaten with, the lack of investment, must be addressed now, to re invigorate the status of the club and mind set of the supporters.
Finally, it is important for me to add that I am by no means sold on the ‘Wenger out’ brigade yet, but is must be recognised that he is no longer even getting the best out of his players. Much can be said for how David Moyes is squeezing every last drop of talent out of his players and transfer budget at Everton.
This self effacing approach would be a breath of fresh air in the arrogant climate of a club whose board belittle the supporters and display no passion for the results. Arsenal Football Club.
Written by Lewis Radstone-Stubbs
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