With the Gunners winning only one of their last 5 games (5-2 vs. Spurs) the alarm bells are ringing at the Emirates. Some fans are calling for change, either for Arsene Wenger to go, or for the whole board including Ivan Gazdis to go. They are sitting in 10th place after a 2-0 loss to Swansea at home. Even though many fans won’t admit that they miss Robin Van Persie, it is evident that Arsenal are missing a potent attacking force up top.
Changes need to happen in the next few months and if these changes don’t come there could be complete mutiny from the fans.
1. Arsene Wenger Needs to Delve into the Transfer Market. Let’s face it, football has moved on from small clubs spending small mounts of money, to big clubs spending huge amounts of money. Arsenal is saying that it is a business as well, is not sitting well with the fans. Just imagine if Arsenal hadn’t sold the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, Alex Song, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, and many more top class players, they could be one of the top teams in European football to this day. With the Gunners splashing the cash on Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, and Olivier Giroud, it seems like it isn’t enough. All 3 players have made significant contributions but other players like Andre Santos have severely underperformed in some games. In January Wenger needs to splash the cash once again and turn this disappointing season around. Arsenal needs a proven striker who can score goals in any game and against any team. Strikers linked with Arsenal right now are Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Wilfried Zaha, and Thierry Henry. Arsenal also seems to be lacking in physicality since Abou Diaby injured himself again. Wenger should consider buying a top class defensive midfielder. I think Sami Khedira or Marouane Fellaini would fit the bill. Wenger needs to make these crucial moves and stop the bleeding right away.
2. The Board Has To Go. Many fans are calling for the head of Arsene Wenger but I think the main problem is the under achieving board of Arsenal. They consider the club a business and focus on profit and earnings over the results the club actually gets. Ivan Gazdis who most recently sold Robin Van Persie to rival club Manchester United which has never happened before, and Van Persie is now joint top scorer especially has to go . He also authorized the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona. Gazdis says when financial fair play rules come into play that the Gunners will be able to compete in the transfer window and that Arsenal are set for the future. I disagree with both points and I think that there will be no future if Arsenal doesn’t get the results they need now. Either this viewpoint of a business has to end or the whole board has to go.
3. The Players Can’t Give Up. Many fans and players alike say “When you play for Arsenal you can never give up.” This was shown last year as Arsenal had many come from behind wins last year but the magic doesn’t seem to be there this year. When Arsenal goes down by 1 or 2 goals the players seem to get frustrated and start making silly mistakes. They have to find that fight again and that spark and find a way to be charismatic and turn 0-1 games to 3-1 games in their favor. Even if it starts with scrappy hard-fought games it needs to get better. The bottom line is players need to start performing at a high level every game and Captain Thomas Vermaelen needs to take the lead and take Arsenal to a trophy.
4. Fans Can’t Give up on Wenger. Don’t forget that last season Wenger took Arsenal from 17th place, and their worst start in years to a 3rd place finish in unthinkable fashion. Even though Wenger has hinted at leaving at the end of this season the fans need to stay loyal to him and realize what kind of board he’s working with. He has worked magic in the past and maybe he can again. I have called for Wenger to leave once after the 2 nil defeat to Swansea, but only out of pure anger and frustration. As of right now I cannot see anyone else managing The Arsenal besides Arsene Wenger.
5. Youth Players Need to Step Up/ With some members of the Arsenal first team performing woefully right now, the younger generation of Arsenal youth needs to step up. Crucial players are Thomas Eisfield, Nico Yennaris, Carl Jenkinson, Serge Gnabry, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, and Emmanuel Frimpong. The less known youth players will see more time in the league cup and need to take their chance then and show the boss why they need a first team chance in the Champions League or the Premier League. This could be one of the most crucial elements because if there is more competition among spots in the first team it would force first team regulars to compete for their playing time. The season needs to turn for the better and changes need to happen soon.
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