Arsenal Football Club and the Real Problems Arsene Wenger's Men Face
Make no mistake about it, Arsenal Football Club is in complete shambles at the moment.
Arsene Wenger, who was serving his final suspension of his three-match ban, could do nothing but watch from the stands as the Gunners were handed their second defeat in five days.
The worrying thing about Arsenal in the last two matches is not the fact that they lost. It’s the way that they have lost.
At Carrow Road on Saturday, the Gunners put in the most abject display that fans have seen in quite some time. Only Mikel Arteta and Carl Jenkinson looked up for the match. Norwich, who displayed phenominal tactics, were rewarded with a 1-0 victory.
On Wednesday, Schalke visited the Emirates and were bequeathed a similar performance to the one that Norwich was given. The Germans took advantage and secured a two-goal victory.
The Gunners were toothless in attack, shambolic at the back and useless in possession. Gervinho was particularly frustrating, as he often dribbled as though this was his first time ever seeing a football.
In the midfield, the Gunners were frustrated. Mikel Arteta, who was clearly giving his best effort, was the only midfield player that looked up for the match.
At the back, Carl Jenkinson again showed how great a footballer it appears he will turn out to be. Andre Santos on the other hand, his left-sided colleague, proved to be utterly inept.
After two crushing defeats, Arsenal finds itself in an extremely delicate situation. The Gunners will be hosting Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, and if three points is not secure, there will no doubt be another Wenger which-hunt, the likes of which we saw last season.
The problem does not appear to be all talent oriented at the Emirates, though. The problem, more so, appears to be attitude. Players going through the motions and showing no fight or heart.
If Arsenal were being outclassed it would be one thing, but being outfought is a different story entirely.
This team does not have the talent of Manchester City or Chelsea. The attack is inexperienced and unproven at the Premier League level.
Someone is going to have to convey the message to these players that in order for this team to win any silverware, they will have to be mentally tougher than all of their opposition. In these last two matches, this has simply not been the case.
Kieran Gibbs and Abou Diaby appear to be sorely missed in the squad. This is another worrying sign as both players have proven to be injury-prone.
All is not well with Arsenal Football Club at the moment. And if things don’t change quickly, don’t be surprised if the Gunners miss out on UEFA Champions League qualification for the first time in 15 years.
This is a problem that goes beyond results. This is a problem with attitude and atmosphere. If more effort isn’t soon displayed on the pitch, Arsene Wenger will have a lot of critics to answer to.
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