Blackburn Rovers vs. Arsenal: Is It Time for Change at the Emirates

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IISeptember 17, 2011

UDINE, ITALY - AUGUST 24:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg match between Udinese Calcio and Arsenal FC at the Stadio Friuli on August 24, 2011 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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As Arsenal entered their match at E Wood Park their confidence was high.

The team was coming off their first win of the season and were also getting a boost with Gervinho returning to the side after serving his domestic suspension for the red card he received against Newcastle.

Their opponents could not boast as much optimism. Blackburn was sitting dead last and protests were taking place outside of their park, as supporters wanted their manager sacked.

Things were framed for Arsenal to pick up a win and a bit of form in the league.

By the end of the match Arsenal players, supporters, and staff could only hang their heads and wonder what could go wrong next and how they could rescue their season from the grasps of misery.

Arsenal is a club known for their attractive football under Arsene Wenger but the belief in this side during the campaign has not been there.

The defending has been horrid and now that Thomas Vermalean is out for a month it does not seem that anything will get any better soon.

Arsene Wenger made a poor choice by not capturing a center back who is a Premier League veteran such as Chris Samba, Gary Cahill, or Phil Jagielka.

Wenger’s money stretching ways, instead, had him refusing to break the bank on a proven Prem player and he went with German veteran Per Mertesacker.

Mertesacker looked overwhelmed a good bit of the time during the match against Blackburn. He also does not have any cohesion yet with his backline partners.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Per Mertesacker of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on September 10, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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This can be blamed on time and communication if an excuse has to be made but Arsenal’s excuses are running out.

The belief that once surrounded the Gunners, who preached possession based football, and growing youngsters through their academy is now failing.

There is a lot of potential in Arsenal’s academy but it is mostly too young and inexperienced to shine during this campaign.

Arsenal also is not playing the same kind of football they are known for. The players seem disillusioned.

They look great for a half or so but they cannot keep games going strong.

Two own goals and a goal that appeared to be offside’s against Blackburn showed that Arsenal’s luck is not there this season.

Arsenal supporters need to look at the situation and wonder if it is time for change?

Stan Kroenke is a new owner who does not have a bond with Arsene Wenger. With a push, the gaffer could be gone. But as much as blame falls at the feet of Wenger, there is not many managers that could handle the post.

There are even fewer managers that can turn this situation around.

Arsenal supporters might have to be satisfied with the Europa League next season. That is if they can finish in one of the qualifying spots which is still something that appears debatable.