Although they have only played 90 minutes of competitive football, Arsenal’s season is hanging by a thread.
The season started in a disappointing fashion for Arsenal, as they lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa in their Premier League opener. Angry chants from the crowd urged Arsene Wenger to “spend some f*****g money” at the final whistle.
Considering the current situation at the club, it is hard not to sympathise with the Arsenal faithful. Yaya Sanogo’s free transfer represents the only addition made to the squad this summer. Despite clear indications that the club has money to spend, they have seen moves for players such as Luis Gustavo and Gonzalo Higuain result in failure.
Gustavo in particular looks like a player that could have thrived at Arsenal. The Brazilian is a destructive midfielder who sits in front of the back four. Aston Villa were able to turn defence into attack with ease at The Emirates, with Gabriel Agbonlahor in particular causing havoc.
Arsenal’s lack of depth was highlighted by the game finishing with midfielder Aaron Ramsey and forward Lukas Podolski playing at centre half and left back respectively.
Arsenal may buy players before the end of the window, but there is a danger they will have left it too late. Due to a run of injuries and a lack of spending in the transfer market, the Gunners travel to Turkey to face Fenerbache on Wednesday night looking unprepared for a crucial Champions League qualifier.
First team players Vermaelan, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade Chamberlain, Sagna, Ramsey, Rosicky and Gibbs could all be absent from the game due to injury.
Arsenal must reach the Champions League group stage if they are to persuade top players to join the club. The revenue Champions League football generates for the club makes defeat to Fenerbache an unthinkable option for the North London giants.
Whilst a move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez now looks unlikely, the prospect of landing the Uruguayan and other top quality players would be dead in the water with no Champions League football to offer. Wednesday’s game is absolutely crucial to Arsenal’s immediate future.
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