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Arsenal won't win the Premier League

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Arsenal have not won a trophy in eight years (2920 days excluding leap years) in which time the world has seen a global recession, the rise of social media, the club have moved to the Emirates, Arctic Monkeys hadn't released an album back in 2005 and teams like Bolton, Middlesbrough and Charlton finished 6th, 7th and 11th respectively in the Premier League.

The Mirror reports that one of the reasons for the club who were once "the Invincibles" lack of silverware is down to the philosophy of the manger, the 6-0 defeat to fellow London club and title contenders, Chelsea, highlighted some fatal flaws in the team.

If you thought this was a one off, the club a few seasons ago were beat 8-2 by Manchester United and more recently by the high-flying Liverpool 5-1, which in reality could have been much more.

Before the match, Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal had been greeted as a platform for renewal, a new look Arsenal side that would have hoped to follow the great sides of the past.

In the aftermath, a 6-0 defeat.

The question now is does Wenger have the appetite to take the club to the next level?

Does he have the hunger to challenge Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, younger coaches burning with ambition and energy.

Does he have the desire to go for it, to make the signings the club needs?

Arsenal have spent much of this season at the top of the Premier League. They have improved since previous seasons.

And if the signing of Mesut Ozil has not been an unqualified success, there is no doubt that it improved morale at Arsenal and helped the club surge forward.

They are desperately short up front and when Olivier Giroud lost form, they faded.

There were other factors, too, key players such as Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere have all been unavailable at this key period. But at the end of it all, Wenger’s 1000th game in charge was the day when another Arsenal league season was put to bed.

It is critical now that Arsenal win the FA Cup and end the trophy drought that has lasted nearly nine years because it seems the league has slipped from their grasp .

They will never have a better chance, surely. They play Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals later this month and, if they win, either Hull City or Sheffield United in the final.

The FA Cup could be a springboard. That can act as another stage of renewal and bring another boost in confidence. But, Wenger will have to build on that and he will have to build on it immediately.

Too many recent summers have been dominated by a lack of dealings in north London instead of relying on youth to push the team forward but "You win nothing with kids".

Arsenal have the basis for a title-winning side now but Wenger must spend big in the summer if potential is finally to be converted into something more meaningful. He must spend big not for spending’s sake but because big money usually brings guaranteed quality.

He spoke to journalist after the match only to state: “It all went wrong and I take full responsibility. It is my fault that we failed completely today because we did not turn up.

“The team is healthy and willing, but still the way it happened today, we have to think deeply about because it is not the first time.”

 

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