What is going wrong with Arsenal?

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Again, doubt has been cast over Arsene Wenger and his team. Four points in three games, has left fans feeling uneasy, especially after pre-season expectations of a massive title challenge.

Of course, as is footballing nature, the finger has been pointed at manager Arsene Wenger and his lack of additions to the team.

Pundits and fans alike have criticised the decision not to buy a new striker and defensive midfielder. Not that they are wrong, but they are looking at the surface of the problem.


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The first thought to come to the head when a team is performing badly would be to add a new player, not focusing on the improvement of the team. The problem for Arsenal in the first few games has been scoring, which is not normally a problem for the side.

Olivier Giroud has proved that he can be a 20 goal-a-season striker and Alexis more than chipped in last season, while Theo Walcott's scintillating end of season form re-affirmed fans belief in him.

Maybe the solution does not have to be an addition, while it may feel like the best one. A lot of the hot air coming out of Wenger's mouth recently has been based on team cohesion and the importance of competition.

The exact same midfield and forward line has been used in seven of the last ten Premier League matches. In that time, only four matches have been won. 

Where players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, and Jack Wilshere may have played, the formula was never tampered with. In the Invincibles season, 22 different players were used, leading to fresher players, hungry to impress.

There is the hunger, talent and quality in the current squad, which is working towards cementing their places for the European Championships in France at the end of the season. The unpredictability of Oxlade-Chamberlain would serve the team well.

Notorious for being very direct, it would turn Arsenal's attack back into the scary monster from last season, who could unlock most teams in the league.

Whereas, for the first time in years, the attack is under question, the defensive side is looking better than before. With the arrival of Petr Cech, whose performance against Liverpool was more like the shows that fans have been accustomed to, it seems that everything was happy in Arsenal's defence.

He has made one of the biggest differences to the team over the last three years, but it sill may not compare to the rise of Francis Coquelin. A player on the periphery of the first team squad for some time, he was on the verge of leaving when an injury crisis gave him his opportunity, which he fully grasped.

Always impressive, it feels to me that there would be no need for another body in that department without selling some players. Then again, the need for depth has always been a worry of the fans.

It was at its most vocal against Liverpool when a freak coincidence meant that first choice centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were both injured over the weekend, leading to Calum Chambers and Gabriel starting against one of the most fearsome strikers in the league in Christian Benteke.

The need for goals is alarming to Arsenal fans to say the least. They have become familiar with Arsenal having no problems in the area, with great goalscorers in Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and Alexis coming through the team in years past.

While the wait for the Chilean to return to the form that saw him become one of the Premier League's star players continues, the cracks in the wall are being laid bare for all to see. Giroud is now seen as not good enough, universally rather than by some critics. What remains to be seen is what the manager will do about it?

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