To call the past few days disappointing would be putting it lightly. A surprise defeat to Norwich at the weekend and then a lacklustre performance at home to Schalkle has angered many fans and they are demanding answers. To call this a crisis however, is ridiculous.
What do Arsenal fans expect from a team that has gone seven years without any silverware and once again is ‘rebuilding.’ With Wenger’s contract up at the end of next season, we should questioning his managerial ability but more his desire. If Arsenal continue to go without any trophies, would he actually want to stay?
The Gunners are desperate to see Jack Wilshere in an Arsenal shirt again, but we must be careful not too put too much pressure upon his young shoulders. The team have lacked creativity in recent week and have mustered only a handful of chances. Despite adding to his squad in the summer, we are already looking forward to January and what could be.
The Arsenal AGM took place this week and no doubt Arsene, Ivan Gazidis and Stan Kroenke came under fire about the club and it’s direction. As expected, anger was shown about the club’s apparent lack of spending. Gazidis defended the club’s policy, saying that Arsenal led the way in ending ‘pointless’ spending. He commended Wenger on his transfer dealings and was confident that Arsenal could compete with Europe’s elite and end their trophy drought. Gazidis believes that spending every penny is not the answer.
An uncomfortable moment arose when those in attendance were asked if they opposed the re-election of Gazidis. Apparently 10-12 hands went up, uh oh. As expected, Wenger tried to reassure those in attendance that things would work out for the club and that their goals remain clear. He commented on the quality of the squad and spoke of his faith in their ability. However, this same speech is given each year at the AGM. I am not surprised that it may be starting to fall on deaf ears.
So another year gone and we are still hearing the same story. The squad is good enough to compete and Arsenal will not be spending big. Let’s see what January brings.