Stuttering Arsenal continue to underperform with another lacklustre performance against Schalke. by Adam Kemp
The rollercoaster ride that is Arsenal has begun to loop round once again this season. From the sublime to the ridiculous; who am I kidding – from the average to the ridiculous? What is compelling about our underperformance this season is the fact that we have failed to score in 33% of our games this season. We have played twelve games and fired blanks on four occasions which demonstrates that this team has lost its ability to penetrate in the final third. The Carrow Road syndrome was repeated tonight against better opposition and we were severely outclassed. To manage one measly shot on target against an average European side at home is without doubt a disgrace.
I know the readers always have a pop and moan that I only surface to kick Arsenal when they’re down, however, if Arsenal were consistent as I in my writing then at least I may not have to write. We are ten points off the pace in the Premier League and slipped to second in our Champion’s League group. Growing up watching the various players who shone week in week out on the pitch seems distant history and this current crop of players are disrespecting their legacy. Arsene Wenger is stubborn and is quite simply blinded if he believes this team can challenge for major trophies once again.
Arsenal built an identity which branded them worldwide as the original pass masters. Barcelona has emulated the class and panache that we used to possess. It feels like Barcelona has stolen Arsenal’s mojo! The simple fact is that we have continued to make a transfer profit by selling world class stars and replacing them with second rate no-hopers! This trend has diminished the quality that is on show season after season and the technical ability to play the Arsenal way is not there! Although the current squad is not as strong it still is no excuse for not being able to beat teams like Norwich, Stoke or Sunderland.
There are several players in the Arsenal team that could walk into most teams but there is a clear lack of depth in some areas. We have an abundance of central midfield playmakers with exceptional passing ability but lack a ruthless goal scorer or out and out winger. We only have one left back and Andre Santos wouldn’t look out of place at Ipswich Town. His performance tonight was so bad I cringed every time he was ten yards near the ball. Jenkinson has done very well but he is certainly no Sagna. Mannone is a liability and looks like Almunia is disguise. Yes we have several key players out but so does every side. Barcelona has practically no defence due to injury and when they let in four they scored five. Arsenal used to have that arrogance to their play that it didn’t matter how many they let in they would still win.
Cast your minds back to when we were sublime and were winning silverware it would be impossible to even comprehend that we would not score. I even think we went two years scoring in every Premier League game consecutively. The story that we have failed to net in a third of our games this season proves we miss Van Persie. Whilst Arsenal season ticket holders stomp up to £2,000 per annum to watch them lose to inferior opposition and Manchester United fans pay up to £950 per annum to see trophies won it makes you wonder why? Why does Arsenal charge the fans the double its closest rivals to not deliver nearly as many positive results on the pitch? We have the armchair fans obnoxiously state at least we are well run and have so much cash sitting on deposit earning interest. How dare you be proud that we are so prudent when we will continue to emulate Liverpool.
It is very simple Arsene will end this season without any silverware yet again. If we finish fourth I will be pleasantly surprised as this team is far too volatile and can lose to anybody. I still do not know how we can lose to teams like Norwich when their best players couldn’t even play for our reserves. Arsene Wenger is past it and we need Pep Guardiola to build on his original legacy before this cretin ruins his legacy. If he is allowed to continue to sink this ship with the world’s worst board we should all just accept things will only get worse. It is sad to see this once classy club eroding into the fabrics of history where what is left is an efficient business.
Love Arsenal, Hate Wenger!