The players, the manager, the referee and the venue might have changed, but the basic thing was evident once again as Redknapp's Spurs humiliated the Gunners at White Hart Lane this evening.
While Arsene Wenger's 15 years at the club was celebrated amid much fanfare and numerous people, specially Gooners, praising his wonderful work at the Emirates, it was all undone by a youngster. Tottenham's young right-back Kyle Walker scored the winner with a thunderous kick from outside the box leaving Wenger and the Gunners distraught.
This season has been Arsenal's worst in the Wenger era. The man who was the proud manager of the Invincibles has seen his plans fall flat on his face this season. His squad of overrated, good for nothing so-called talented players have looked worse than Morecambe FC. The present Gunners' squad resembles a club going on the wane with their bunch of second-grade players.
Arsene Wenger's misery and inability to sign some top class players and his turning a deaf ear to the demands has backfired this season. The departures of his top-class defenders have led to a steep fall in the quality of the squad.
The likes of Walcott, Arteta have failed to shine and prove their worth in brass. The North London club are clearly on the fall, and with the likes of Stoke City and Chelsea their next opponents, it looks like the Gunners' might find themselves at the bottom half of the league come 29th October.
These season has seen Arsenal perform poorly match after match. That might be partly blamed on the quality of the players they bought this summers. While their rivals bought proven world-class talents, Wenger continued his fetish for overrated mediocre youngsters.
The likes of Mertesacker, Arteta were brought in to reinforce the qualitatively depleted squad and the drop in quality has been clearly visible. Youngsters like Chamberlain, Miyachi are just like ornaments on a dead body. Their addition only added to the wage bill and pleased Wenger's soul.
Arsenal never seemed to be in control of the match, and except a 30-minute period of solid performance, Wenger's squad represented a team of no-gooders. This season has already led to the unthinkable with numerous Arsenal fans asking for their manager's sacking. The change is all the more evident given last season's show of faith from the fans singing "In Wenger we trust."
Though the majority of the Gooners are still in support of their out-of-wits manager and their qualitatively handicapped demoralised squad, yet the voices of dissent are being heard at the Emirates in good amount.
If Wenger fails to turn around his club's fortune this season which is seriously not expected, this might well turn out to be the epitaph for one of Arsenal's and England's most successful managers.
While Gooners will cry over their manager's fate, critics and rival fans will just say three words to his regime of short-lived success.
"Rest In Peace" —simply put, R.I.P.
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