Some fingers were pointed to the official for the day, Massimo Busacca for van Persie’s soft red card, but Arsenal played quite poorly and couldn’t make a single attempt on target.
Arsenal also lost out of the FA Cup in the quarterfinals after disappointing qualifying campaigns to get there. Fabregas spared Arsenal’s blushes when Leeds visited the Emirates in the third round, but Arsenal played a lot better in the replay at Elland Road. Arsenal also struggled a bit when Huddersfield Town visited the Emirates but they had enough in the gas tank to see them.
A disappointing 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient followed but the lower league outfit was outclassed when they came to the Emirates for the replay. Manchester United stood between Arsenal and a semifinal berth, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s men defeated Arsenal despite starting with seven recognized defenders.
Arsenal had their best run in the Carling Cup but lost to Birmingham City in the final hurdle after a mix-up between Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal’s road to the final at Wembley saw them defeat Tottenham, Newcastle, Wigan and Ipswich.
Arsenal also had a very disappointing campaign in the Premier League and ended up in fourth place despite locking horns with Manchester United for a considerable chunk of the season.
Arsene Wenger, the Board, and the fans had a series of reasons why Arsenal struggled. Injuries to key players at critical times took their toll on Arsenal’s games as well as the low mentality of the squad, but one of the key reasons why Arsenal struggled last season was due to lack of quality in some certain positions.
Arsene Wenger was quick to acknowledge that his lack of transfer activity played a role and he promised that he was going to address the issue. From the start of June till today, being the last day for any transfer activity, many deals have been made and players have moved in and out of Arsenal.
Here’s my take of the analysis of Arsenal’s transfer activity this summer with an in-depth look on arrivals and departures.