Arsenal's first game of the season ended in an all too predictable fashion.

The lack of signings this summer made for a tense atmosphere and that was made all the more tense by Arsenal's dire performance.

 Referee Anthony Taylor received a lot of stick from the Arsenal fans but a closer look at both penalty decisions reveals he had a good case.

His biggest mistake was failing to send of Villa captain Ron Vlaar after the Dutchman made similar fouls to that of Laurent Koscielny, who saw two yellows himself.

However, the man responsible for Arsenal's poor start to the new season was not Anthony Taylor but the longest serving manager in the league, Arsene Wenger.

The first day of the new season should have been an exciting one for Arsenal fans, who were put through hell last year after seeing their side scrape into fourth by a single point and crash out of the domestic cup competition's to lower league Bradford and Blackburn.

They should have been talking about the new players and where they would fit into the squad. Instead it was one of frustration and anger after yet another abysmal display in the transfer market, despite not losing any star players and having upwards of £70 million to spend on transfer fees alone.

The bench looked weak as it featured Emmanuel Frimpong, Yaya Sanogo and Serge Gnabry. Santi Cazorla was also on the bench despite being miles away from match fitness.

Arsenal play Fenerbahce on Wednesday as they look to qualify for the Champions League. They may have just nine first team players available for that match including two goalkeepers. At the start of the season that is an absolute disgrace.

Tottenham have broken their transfer record twice this summer as their manager has recognised the need to improve and acted quickly and surely to do so.

Spurs are also holding firm on their stance on Gareth Bale, something the Arsenal board should learn from should they ever have a player close to that quality again. 

Tottenham have managed to do all this without the promise of Champions League football, which Wenger claims is essential for attracting good players. All of Tottenham's new signings would walk into the Arsenal side that played today.

Wenger has spent much of the transfer window pursuing Luis Suarez despite it being doomed from the start. He looks likely to be staying at Liverpool for another season at least.

He snubbed the chance to sign Gonzalo Higuain, who was available to move and keen on Arsenal, so he could court a player who's club were adamant he was not to be sold for any price. That is poor management.   

The state of Arsenal's problems is best summed up with Luiz Gustavo's choice to move to 11th placed Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, instead of moving to Arsenal. It's clear Arsenal ability to attract top players has declined because of the toxic atmosphere around the club.

For years many fans were more patient as they understood the club's financial constraints.

That simply isn't an excuse this summer, Ivan Gazidis very publicly talked up Arsenal's new wealth and was adamant they could pay top money for the best players. 

It's about time someone was held accountable for Arsenal's rapid decline in the last three seasons. That man should be Arsene Wenger, who is ruining his once great reputation. I'm sure United, City, Chelsea and Tottenham fans would love him to stay at Arsenal forever because he simply doesn't know what he's doing anymore. 

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