The Bottom Corner: Arsenal Needs To Grow Up

Salaar Shamsi@SalaarizationSenior Writer INovember 30, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Arsenal suffered their second consecutive Premier League defeat last night, a 3-0 loss to Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium that left many of their supporters wondering if their team was heading towards yet another trophy-less season.

Silverware has eluded the Gunners since they won the FA Cup back in the 2004-2005 season. Needless to say, it's about time they bag a trophy or two.

A financial crunch, caused largely by stadium debt, has prevented Arsenal from making adequate replacements for the likes of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Mathieu Flamini, Patrick Viera, and recent departures such as Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor.

You might ask: "Why didn't they miss these lads in the beginning of the season?"

Well, here's the deal: every season after yet another trophy-less campaign, they come into the new season, all fired up, with a startling desire, commitment, and passion to win, which ultimately is bound to fade out as the season progresses.

While the hunger to win might not entirely die down, it appears as if the Arsenal squad is out of depth.

An injury to the likes of Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner forces Arsene Wenger to turn to somebody like Eduardo, who, when not injured or diving, might just net a goal once in a blue moon.

I'd play Theo Walcott over him any day.

Arsenal usually start their season competing for the title, but the Gunners appear to run out of gas by Christmas. This means they are left trying to ensure a Champions League spot till May.

To be fair, they have had their share of injuries, but then again, all clubs have to go through the same.

Arsenal are known for playing some rather beautiful football. In fact, they are arguably the most exciting team in the Premier League, but that in itself isn't enough to win a title.

I wouldn't suggest they don't have the quality, considering they have lads like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky, Andrei Arshavin, and William Gallas amongst their ranks.

Still, they are a bit inconsistent when compared to title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.

Perhaps, the lack of experience is beginning to tell for Arsene Wenger's men.

Yesterday, Wenger chose to start with both Denilson and Song, both defensive-minded players.

That's a bit like when Liverpool starts with both Mascherano and Lucas. It's completely insane, especially if you want to win a game. Why would you back down and try to hold off the opponent's attack instead of taking the attack to them?

I'm not going to be hypocritical here, so yes, even Chelsea started with both Essien and Obi Mikel, but Essien was given the liberty to attack and he made full use of it.

Didier Drogba could be seen as the difference between the two sides, as the home side just didn't have the finishing touch to bag a goal from one of their attacks.

Armand Traore was lackluster, which is probably because he's behind the likes of Gael Clichy and Kieran Gibbs in the pecking order.

The Gunners looked rather nervy in defense, which hasn't been the case for most of the season so far.

Thomas Vermaelen appeared as a shadow of himself, but let's not be too harsh on Arsenal's only summer signing, who has been nothing short of spectacular for most of this season.

Arsenal have a game in hand and currently lie in a rather familiar fourth place.

The Gunners host Stoke City next week. Any more slip-ups and Arsenal will find themselves playing catchup to Chelsea and Manchester United.

More than anything, it's about time for Arsenal's players to grow up, but that might not be too easy unless Wenger signs a couple of wise heads.

Boys will be boys.


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