The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly concerned by their side’s inability to keep pace with the top-four this season, and recent reports have further increased the feeling of pessimism which currently looms large at the club.
Arsene Wenger’s side had a genuine opportunity to add a silver lining to what has been a rather disappointing season so far when they faced Manchester City at Wembley last weekend, but they failed miserably on their opportunity to begin re-writing the wrongs of seasons gone by claiming only the third League Cup in the club’s history. Excuses which concerned the competency of the referee were predictably dished out by Wenger in the aftermath of proceedings, and Jack Wilshere surprisingly echoed the complaints of his manager.
Wilshere’s public criticism of the referee underlined the fundamental problem at the club which needs to be addressed before Arsenal fade into insignificance in the Premier League. Arsenal’s main problem is the player’s inability to take responsibility for the quality of their own performance and dig deep during the moments when they need to find an extra gear.
Arsenal is a club in dire need of a drastic change in mentality, whether that arrives through dismissing Wenger or signing a handful of strong characters to grab the team by the scruff of the neck remains to be seen. However, Wilshere may not be around for a future revival in North-London if reports in The Sun are anything to go by – a factor which could plunge The Gunners into further mediocrity.
According to the report, Wilshere and Arsenal are some distance from reaching an agreement regarding a contract extension, and considering the 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of June, time is running out for a deal to be struck between player and club. If Arsenal want to instigate improvement at the club then they simply must fulfil his demands and keep him at The Emirates, otherwise they are destined to finish outside the top-four once again next season.
Wilshere (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) is far from the perfect centre-midfielder, and his importance must not be overstated considering he has only recently returned to playing regular first-team football with the club. However, his determined attitude and willingness to give everything for the club is something very few of his teammates can demonstrate.
Arsenal have long been criticised for lacking leaders and passionate players throughout the team, and if they allow one of the only players on their ranks which matches that description to leave the club this summer, they can kiss goodbye to qualifying for the Champions League next season, never mind challenge for silverware.
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