Arsene Wenger's Gunners Seem to Be Firing Blanks

R LSenior Analyst IAugust 23, 2008

Arsenal were victorious last week against West Brom, but hardly convincing. Samir Nasri scored the only goal, and the Gunners held on for the one-nothing win. Not the score fans expected at Emirates Stadium against a newcomer team.

A disappointing scoreboard indeed. Still, it was three points, which is what's most important. Today, many would have killed for another measly one-goal win, instead of the nightmare that took place.

Fulham defeated Arsenal one-nil in their home-opener. Arsene Wenger's men played some poor football, which is putting it lightly. Nasri made many brilliant passes—to the Fulham players. Robin van Persie's free kicks never hit the goal—much to the delight of the home-town faithful.

Van Persie also missed an empty net from a few yards out, after a mis-kick from Nasri. Only one out of Arsenal's twenty shots hit the target.

What is going on with this team? They look nothing like the quick moving, slick passing, deadly finishing Arsenal team that we've become accustomed to watching. True, Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky are two key pieces of the puzzle that remain injured.

However, this team still has plenty of fire-power to at least hold their own. Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Nicklas Bendtner, and Denilson, all need to step it up.

With only one goal on the Arsenal stat sheet this season, Wenger must be thinking over his strategies. Maybe it's just a poor start, but it could be a sign of things to come because Fulham is a team that barely survived in the EPL last year.

One thing is for sure. Arsenal need to reload, and start firing bullets into the net. Next week, they host Newcastle—a team that is off to a great start.