If ever a board of directors wished there was a law permitting last-minute rescheduling of an Annual General Meeting, it would have been yesterday.
Though many readers will vehemently disagree, I almost felt sorry for the board as they stood exposed to the shareholders' wrath after two of the most toothless, insipid and uninspiring Arsenal performances in many-a season.
As expected, one and all have gone to town deriding the quality of the squad, the Chairman, the CEO, the Manager, and yes, even he who can do no wrong, Steve Bould.
Yes, the same squad that was the toast of north London just one month ago is now apparently so mediocre that everyone holding any kind of office at Arsenal needs to step down immediately.
Leading the dimwits' chorus is, of course, Piers Morgan, a man so deluded by his apparent knowledge of football and so consumed by his own opinion, that he should be handed a lifetime ban from all forms of social networking.
I know you don't read Bleacher Report, Piers—if you did, you'd be better informed—but if by some freak chance you come across this article, do understand that unlike you, Arsene Wenger is an intelligent man. He knows that qualifying for the Champions League is not "a trophy." What he means is that it's more important to qualify, than to win the FA Cup. And he's right.
Anyway, back to the apparent shambles that is Arsenal today. I'm not for one moment thrilled by our recent performances. I'd like a win as much as any one else. But I don't believe we're on the brink of complete implosion.
For starters, I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned enough, but we have suddenly found ourselves with a massive injury list. Fortunately, all or most are going to be back soon, but ANY team without players like Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky is going to struggle somewhat.
I know there's the whole "squad" concept these days, but I dare you to show me any squad that would easily cope with the loss of all these players at one time.
That aside, I believe there are a few areas of concern, some of which can and must be addressed NOW, while others may need to wait until the transfer window re-opens.