Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Admits Money Won't Fix Arsenal's Problems
Speaking out after the Gunners' 2-0 loss at home to Swansea City, dropping them to 10th on the Premier League ladder, Wenger admitted that while he still plans to make some headway over the upcoming winter transfer window, the issues prevalent in the club cannot be solved by waving a magic wand or transfer fee at certain players.
We have to look for a solution [to the current problems] from inside, and not look too much from outside [the club].
At the moment, there is uncertainty among the fans—they do not have complete confidence we will win the game. Has it an influence on our performance? I don't know.
Until January, we have a lot of important games. We will decide that [transfers] in January, but at the moment, we have to find solutions before January... we cannot be satisfied with the quality of our game—that at the moment is more important than the psychological side.
You can see with the results that it is difficult for everybody at the moment, for all the teams, even those who have invested a lot of money.
The Gunners play a meaningless Champions League fixture this week against Olympiacos given that they have already qualified for the knockout rounds, but with an important fixture next weekend in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion, Wenger will still be looking for a strong performance from the players that do make the journey to Greece.
With just five wins from their opening 15 league matches this year, Arsenal have had their worst start under Wenger in all the years he has been managing the club, leading for some to suggest that perhaps the Frenchman's reign should come to an end.
And while those calls seem perhaps just a little uncalled for, there is no doubt a telling pressure rising on Arsenal and indeed Wenger for improved performances.
It doesn't matter at one level how strong they might be defensively or how well they have controlled the match, without results, the club will be nothing but another also-ran in the league this season and will look back on the year with much regret.
According to WhoScored, despite sitting 10th on the league ladder and with just two wins from their past eight matches, the Gunners rank top three in average possession, pass accuracy, fewest shots conceded and successful dribbles per game—pointing to the fact that this is not a side that is necessarily playing poor football.
They just aren't reaping the rewards for their hard work.
Which means that a revolution isn't needed at Arsenal, but rather the introduction of some clinical attackers who will provide some cutting edge in the final third.
The likes of Kevin Strootman and Klass Jun Huntelaar have been thrown up as potential inclusions over the transfer window (per The Telegraph) as has a loan move for former Gunners' legend Thierry Henry if the New York Red Bulls will let him leave (per The Telegraph).
But as Wenger alluded to above, don't expect the inclusion of any of those players—yes, even Henry—to change the current climate at the Emirates.
If Arsenal are going to rebuild this season and turn it into a success, they're going to have to work from the inside out, not the other way around.
Are there serious problems at Arsenal at the moment?
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