The first week of Premier League has seen shocks, changes as well as normal services resume. However, the talking point this week is non other than Arsenal being in crisis.
With one game played and thirty-seven to go, many journalists have written off the Gunners as 'Goners' and that the team is in such terrible shape that it is in horrible crisis.
Let me point out this fact: Arsenal is NOT IN CRISIS.
True, they have not spent any money in the transfer window so far.
True, they did lose the first match of the season.
True, their fans are booing the team-which ironically, is the jersey they are wearing and support.
True, the Emirates stadium is one of the few highest priced tickets in England.
True, there are lacking in depth in squad so early in the season due to injuries.
Nonetheless, this is not a team in crisis. Not by a long shot, when the season hasn't even reached the midpoint. If Arsenal were to finish 4th in the league and win the FA Cup/Champions League/Capital Cup, it won't be such a bad season after all.
How about the thoughts of beating Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in the league as the season goes on?
In the end, it's all down to the big games and how far a club reaches in a competition, whether it is a league or a cup. Results define the health of a club and not whether they have enough senior players to fill in the team sheet or not.
Nevertheless, everything is so-to-say, looking quite bleak in the transfer window. While fans are over-paying for matches and merchandises, the corporate fat cats has not took the time to spend the money they've been saving so far to invest in star players which are available in the market. Carlos Tevez, Thiago Alcantara, etc.
There are so many star players who want to leave their current club but all Arsenal has ever been linked to are expensive and almost-unrealistic targets(could be mitigated by money) like Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney. Of course then, there's the Higuain case whom agreed but fell through. Nonetheless, the transfer window has turned into such a negative place for Arsenal that it makes fans frustrated.
Putting the transfer window aside however, describing Arsenal as a team in crisis is still wrong. This team has still so much to offer this season with promising English players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere. These players will bloom this season and the rewards will come soon enough- as long as the team core stays put-
In conclusion, do not judge a club based on one opening game. Shocking results do happen at times and it is really the matter of time as to when it does happen to a club-whether the start, middle or end of the season, it will eventually happen . Also do remember that Manchester United came back to win the title with style after losing the first game to Everton last season. So, a team in crisis? Write about it only when it does happen. Nobody loses the league in one game.
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