The news all Arsenal fans have been dreading this summer has come around like the distant relative you hate because they come over and steal your DVDs.
Robin Van Persie has announced that he will not be renewing his contract at Arsenal FC no matter how much is offered to him to sign it or whoever Arsene Wenger manages to bring in.
Many deem this the apocalypse as Arsenal have now lost another star name; perhaps the last proven world-class name since the distant memory of the FA Cup triumph over Manchester United in 2005.
Many will say Arsenal and Wenger have survived losing the countless stars that have left the squad over the last seven years, but the truth is, the football has suffered and the success on the pitch has not been there at all since.
Not only are Arsenal losing players to big names, but they are losing them to rivals such as Manchester City who now house four ex-Arsenal players and all within a period of three years.
What is worse is that City are in prime position to tempt Van Persie with a mega contract deal and the allure of trophies—something he has been starved of at the Emirates.
Wenger must know or at least admit that his promise of bringing a championship winning team from the promise of youth has failed in spectacular fashion.
It is a damning testament when season after season, the player you choose to captain your side, due to the fact you are scared to lose them, only has a desire to market themselves for a place where the grass is greener.
Wenger is responsible for controlling his players to an extent and filling them with the desire to want to play for him through thick and thin. When the going gets tough, this is attribute is lacking.
Many will say that the modern footballer is a fickle one who lacks loyalty and patience. In that case, I will point to the likes of David Moyes at Everton whose players seem devoted to him despite the realisation they may never win anything however hard they apply themselves.
There is a weakness in the squad and it is a weakness that has been generated by Mr. Wenger. Yes, he can make these youngsters play football, but deep down, they know he is a walk-over and Arsenal is easy money.
That is why this season is the most important of his reign at Arsenal FC.
Wenger now has to prove that he can still mix and match it with a fresh squad and a new approach. Failure to do so will leave Arsenal as sporting competitors but far from winners they proclaim to still be.
New players have been acquired such as Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolsk,i but they still have to come to terms with the Premier League and that is not an easy feat. Ask Gervinho, Marouanne Chamakh, Park Chu Young, Per Mertesacker and even Laurent Koscielny on his first attempt.
This Arsenal team must now find extra talent and gel quickly before the opening game of the season against Sunderland just over a month away.
By all accounts, in terms of opposition, this will be the hardest start to a season for Wenger and his Arsenal squad as they attempt to keep up with those who get off to a good start up the top of the table.
It is now time for Arsene Wenger to enter a new stage of his management and denounce the philosophies of old.
Arsenal must work harder to win at all costs, otherwise the status of the club will be hurt now and for a little while longer.
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