This weekend marked the start of a brand new Premier League season. With anticipation high as the campaign kicked-off, it comes as a surprise that one of the biggest talking points is a crisis that one of England's top sides has got themselves into.
The Gunners kicked of their season with a home match against Aston Villa. It started the way we expected. A fabulous run from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin provided an assist for French striker Olivier Giroud, with just five minutes played.
However, all went wrong, and what seemed to be a great start, ended in one of the worst possible ways to start the season fans of Arsenal have witnessed. A 3-1 score line in favour of Villa, has now left Arsenal in a difficult position. In addition to this, Arsenal’s lacking side lost some of their most valuable players via injuries or suspension.
Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta and Oxlade-Chamberlin are some of those lining up for the medical room. Some are out longer than others, but there is defiantly a shortage of players for the Arsenal side. With a big Champions league qualifier on the horizon, Arsenal fans have some serious concerns and thoughts about their club’s situation.
So far this summer, the only addition Arsenal have made is19 year-old Yaya Sanogo (who was bought on a free transfer). Meanwhile, a total of 17 players have fled the Emirates; some on loan, released and some sold for valuable cash. In fairness, a lot of these players have been nothing but a waste at Arsenal and costing the club too much in wages for nothing. For a couple of seasons now, Gooners have called on Wenger and the board to release the deadwood and only pay those players that mean something to the club.
However,this has all come at the wrong time, and the club have only gone and let them
go at that one time they are needed! This has turned the fans on Wenger, as the club have seemed to fail to sign any important, classy, expensive and experienced players. Leading to a low, thin and struggling side, who seem to have no confidence.
So, with 17 players gone, 10-12 players out of action and the 12th man calling for the manger’s head, where and how do Arsenal move on from this crisis?
It’s difficult to say at this early stage how well Arsenal cope this season, and some optimistic fans will still have their faith in Wenger and believe that in a few months’ time, the club will be back at the top end of the table once more.
If this minority is correct, then Arsenal fans shouldn’t need to worry. Once the injured recover, the squad may just be strong enough to pinch 4th in the league, and if fixtures go in favour of
the London club they may well have a chance on winning the F.A Cup or league cup this season. Although, this seems to be too much to even think, never mind believing.
So what are the options for Arsenal, in order to be on track for a top-four finish and a somewhat successful season? One simple option the side could do is now fight for players before the dreaded transfer D-day. Spend big, on those super-stars that are scattered all over the globe. Wenger claims that there aren’t many talented players available that are to his standards.
Well, they are. Spurs, Chelsea and of course Manchester City have found them, so where are they coming from? Arsenal must be doing something wrong in their transfer business. But Wenger could get his beloved fans back on his side, if he changes this quickly, in order to sign those players the fans have been pleading to get. At the end of the 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa, it was clear the fans were angered by the lack of signings, who were voicing their concerns towards Wenger.
Maybe this chanting will be enough to get the club wallet open for those needed players. If and when this does happen, the club could re-group, reorganise and re-structure themselves in time to be a top side this season.
2nd September arrives, and Arsenal have not bought in those stars, what then? Well as much as each individual Arsenal fan wishes they were the board members, they can’t do much about it. However, they do have two options for themselves to choose from.
Option one for the fans is that they can carry on their chants and voicing their opinions towards Wenger, and hope the board listen and sack the manager mid-season. This could then call for change, and fresh manger may be enough to pull the side up. This option probably won’t work as the board seem to stay quiet when the fans speak up. This may also cause even more
issues, as Wenger may be the only man (if any) who can save this side.
The second option the fans have is to stay loyal, calm and positive towards the club. The Gooners have been so loyal to Arsenal, the board and Wenger, and they are getting a little tired of the same old same every season.
On the other hand, the 12th man is the most important to any professional club, and it’s the heartbeat to any side. The support shown from the fans will be noticed by the men on the pitch and so the players will feel up-lifted and determined to make the fans proud of the club once more.
Support is a key strength to a player, and this up-lift may be enough to get those decent
results and the spark back in the club, even with a very light club. This support may be the only thing that gets the side past Fenerbahce in their Champions League qualifier. As hard as it might be for the fans in this circumstance, it may be the best and only option they have.
The club will still struggle even with this support, but at least the fans can say that they did their part, and that they stayed loyal form the first to the very last game of the 2013-14 season.
Arsenal are in a bad place at the moment. The players will be feeling just as disappointed with the opening game and morale will be lower than the number of players available. Will this change? Will they sign any players? Will Wenger be at Arsenal next year? Only Wenger and the board have the power to determine the outcome of all these questions.
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