Arsene Wenger's lack of direction frustrates one Arsenal star

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's lack of clear tactical direction has left one first-team star confused and frustrated over his role within the team.

That is according to German journalist Raphael Honigstein, who shared in his latest column for Sport 1 that an unnamed Gunners ace regularly clocks up 12km a match without being given specifics over where to go.

Honigstein also reveals that Arsenal are finally using video analysts to improve individual player performance for the first time this season, with Wenger making changes in a bid to close the gap on his title rivals and change the current perception of the Gunners as only fit to fight for fourth place.

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Evolve or be extinct

Wenger has made some significant changes at London Colney this summer, principally hiring former Germany assistant Shad Forsythe to head up a new department looking at athletic development and player preparation.

It seems the Gunners boss is prepared to try almost anything to end Arsenal's awful injury record, which has seen first-team regulars pick up problems on 889 occasions since 2002.

Arsenal's luck hasn't changed noticeably since Forsythe took on that role in July though and last weekend's North London derby was a prime example.

Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all limped out of that clash with knocks that leave Arsenal depleted in midfield ahead of Sunday's crunch Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Frustrating flaws still there for all to see

Take injury problems out of the equation and it's clear that Arsenal are far from the finished article six weeks into the new campaign, despite Wenger finally splashing out on around £80m on five new players in the summer.

Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in particular are exciting additions, although as Honigstein rightly points out in his piece today Wenger's decision not to sign a proven world-class midfield anchor remains a sore spot for Gunners fans.

Wenger celebrates his 18th anniversary as Arsenal boss today and as ever is still coming in for criticism over tactical naivety and a perceived reluctance to work on the defensive side of the game, or set pieces.

Arsenal have the players to silence the doubters, but it remains to be seen if slight changes to the framework at the club will help Wenger find a way to bring the very best out of his talented squad before the current campaign concludes.

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