Arsenal's Season Charred by Blackburn: Clamour for Wenger's Exit Intensifies

Robin SAnalyst IApril 3, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal applauds the fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates Stadium on April 2, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Arsenal failed to break down a stubborn side at home turf. Sounds familiar, isn't it? That has been the norm of Arsene Wenger's regime in recent years, so it shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with Wenger's philosophy.

There is no point in lambasting players after every game, one has to see the bigger picture: the manager, his transfer activities, his shockingly predictable tactics and formation, his reluctance to sell deadwoods, et al. 

Mathematically, Arsenal may be within 'touching distance' of winning the Premier League title. However, on the back of recent lacklustre displays, we can safely say that Arsenal aren't good enough to win the title.

The stage is set for Wenger to reach the milestone of successfully completing six years without a trophy. That's some achievement, and he must get the credit for accomplishing this herculean task!

Wenger's exploit also paves the way for the exit of a number of Arsenal stars. Both Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have stalled negotiations over a new contract and are waiting for the season to end to decide whether their future lies at the Emirates.

Barcelona-bound captain Cesc Fabregas has been awful this season. His desire to leave Arsenal is no secret; in all likelihood, this will be his last season. His impact on the pitch is minimal and it's apparent that he wants to leave.

He doesn't bleed Arsenal anymore and it's a mystery as to why Wenger hasn't stripped him of his captaincy. On that note, it's even a bigger mystery how Wenger still remains at the helm of Arsenal.

It's all complicated at the top and it only gets even more complicated once you get down. The demolition job needs to start from the top with the manager, but that needs bravery. Just can't see anyone brave enough to stand up to the autocratic tyrant. Maybe the NATO force need to interfere?

Talk of how Wenger amalgamated sumptuous football with Arsenal's steel in his early years, but recent weeks have not been much dissimilar to the George Graham era.

Under Graham, Arsenal at least had a sturdy defence to die for. Can Wenger at least claim to have an incisive offence capable of breaking down any team given his defence is abysmally hapless?

He neither has the offense nor the defence to lay claim to any title, which is justified by the last three Arsenal games, or for that matter, the dismal record against Manchester United over the last two seasons.

This gives a clear insight into Wenger's predictably ineffective tactics, coupled with his cataclysmic defence and blunt offence.

That's not to say Wenger has the best goalkeeper in the World to man his post. You could find the tentacles of hysteria seizing Arsenal fans when Manuel Almunia touches the ball. That's how good he is!

No point in pointing finger at this player or that player, as at the end of the day it's the manager and his choice.

Wenger, the one and only man responsible for Arsenal becoming a bit of a laughing stock with the rival clubs and fans, needs to sort all the issues out, or shut the door on his way out.

Arsenal fans are amongst the patient lot but in recent months the grumble for Wenger's head seems to have risen into a clamour for his immediate exit.

Arsenal players were booed off the pitch yesterday, but the protest was exclusively targeted at Wenger. Going by that, it's only a matter of time before the introduction of banners with the slogan "Wenger out."

Wenger might come back strongly with a dramatic late-season onslaught, spilling the blood of Red Devils and Tottenham tots to prove all his critics wrong. It's a long shot away, though possible.

Manchester United certainly deserve the title for their resilience and fortitude. Alex Ferguson is arguably a better manager than Wenger, and he has the number of the Frenchman, as has been proven this season at the Old Trafford when the two teams met twice.

It is to be seen how Wenger defeats the legendary Scotsman when the two teams meet for the title-decider at the Emirates only if Arsenal, at least mathematically, manage to stay in the title mix come May, which looks a distant possibility now.

Before concluding, let me brush up on the small matter of the Blackburn game. Arsenal were tasked with beating the relatively poor Blackburn side at home after Manchester United thrashed West Ham United in a thrilling annihilation that saw the Red Devils come back from 2-0 down.

Arsenal could only get a draw from a game that was worthy of going down as one of Arsenal's poorest performances of the season. They were lacklustre in terms of finishing and never looked sharp enough.

One can't blame the turf, the referee, the goalkeeper. Is it the fatigue? Is it the injuries? You decide. No matter what the reason is, it's simply unacceptable.

Marouane Chamakh, the professional footballer from Morocco, found himself with the best chance to win the game for Arsenal, but his barren run continued when his weak drive was blocked off easily.

He had the simple task of lifting the ball into the back of the empty net but hasn't got the skill to lift a ball? Being a striker, his finishing ability is worthy of condemnation.

Certainly not good enough to play for a team vying for the top honours in England's top-tier. And this judgment is not on the basis of just one game. Not sure if Ferguson would play a striker just for his heading prowess.

On a final note, players should be ashamed of themselves when they collect this week's wage. Weeks of frustration and agitation await the Gunners, and if the Blackburn game is not the straw that broke the camel's back, then I don't know what is.