Arsenal Loss Proves Wenger Has Finally Lost the Plot

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  A banner in support of Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on September 25, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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On a day of surprises, Chelsea lost to big-spending Manchester City while their city counterparts Tottenham lost narrowly to West Ham. The loss marred Chelsea's till now clean record and also give their rivals a chance to cut down on their lead at the top.

But the biggest shock unfolded at Emirates stadium, where Wenger and his band of not-so-talented boys proved yet again that Wenger's dream of making his golden army has fallen flat on his face. It also proved the lack of quality players and depth in the present Arsenal side.

The Premier League newcomers who have earlier been humiliated by massive margins started with lots of inspiration. They were awarded a penalty when Arsenal's under-fire goalie Manuel Almunia, who brought down West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie inside the box.

But the hugely error-prone goalkeeper saved the penalty to redeem himself. But Wenger's faith on his not-so-good goalie proved costly as Almunia delivered the worst goalkeeping performance in recent club history as well as in EPL history. He was so poor under the post that even Fabregas could have done a better job than him. He clearly lacks the quality to play in top clubs like Arsenal.

Wenger's much publicized signing, the extremely talented Laurent Koscielny(as per old Wenger's words) proved himself a drab yet again. His poor performance made the absence of Vermaelen felt even more. The boy clearly lacks pace and defensive instincts. His poor defense cost Arsenal the penalty as well as West Brom's first goal.

Another signing, Sebastien Squillaci, who was projected as the "Cannavaro of France" by Arsenal fans and the club, proved why he has been a nobody all through his career and only got his chance at Arsenal because Wenger loves French boys.

Poor passes and lethargic defending was the summary of his performance against West Brom. His pathetic performance was one of the vital reasons of Arsenal's misery. It seems Wenger's cheap signings are starting to show their side-effects.

Wenger really needs to sell his much-loved midfielder Emmanuel Eboue. He was poor, said in a decent way. One of the reasons Arsenal's midfield conceded the ball to their opponents.

Moreover, Diaby too was poor. He was in for the injured Theo Walcott, but after today's performance it seems both Wenger and Arsenal fans will be praying that Walcott comes back soon enough.

The absence of Fabregas was felt very much as Arsenal failed to command the midfield and create goal-scoring chances. Only Nasri's inspired performance saved the Gunners' from a shameful 3-0 loss. The team is lacking quality players on the bench and season after season the same thing is being proved. But Wenger seems to put his arrogancy before the club's interest and keep nurturing his not-so-talented players to make a team like Barcelona.

The only difference between Barca and Arsenal is that the Emirates outfit does not even have half the quality players that the Catalan giants have in their team.

Wenger stills fails to realise that and it seems his poor plan is again going to cost Arsenal another trophyless season. His reluctance to pay big for quality players is costing Arsenal trophies season in and season out for the past five years but Wenger seems unperturbed.

Moreover, his cry-baby attitude has earned him the ire of fellow managers of other EPL teams. It seems the old Frenchman has lost his Arsenal plot and unless he comes up with some nice plan, his days at the Emirates is going to be numbered.

It was a chance for Arsenal to reduce their difference with league leaders Chelsea at the top, but the Gunners' failed miserably and rather in a shocking manner exposing the Gunners' vulnerability and lack of depth on the bench.

It is time for the North Londoner's to sort out their troubles before it is too late and these season ends in frustration too.


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