Why Arsenal's season has become an unmitigated disaster

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Before their title tilt went up in smoke, roughly half of Arsenal supporters wanted Arsene Wenger to continue beyond his current contract, while the other half wanted a new man in charge.

The sets of fans could pretty much be split into the older lot, who have been supporting the club since before Wenger's arrival in 1998, and those who only know the club under the guidance of one man.

However, following another bottled campaign, it's time for a change in the club's hierarchy almost for the sake of it. This season's Premier League capitulation and the gradual horrendous realisation that Arsenal will probably finish below Tottenham Hotspur is the straw that's broken the camel's back.


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Starting with the pathetic 4-0 defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day - Saints only win in an eight game period - Arsenal's descent into mediocrity gathered pace before culminating in embarrassing 2-1 home defeats by Swansea City in the league and Watford in the FA Cup.

Wenger's refusal to sign an outfield player last summer now seems even more laughable than it did at the time. Let's not forget that Danny Welbeck underwent knee-ligament surgery two days after the transfer window slammed shut. A situation that Wenger claimed came as a shock to him.

If we use one statistic to measure Arsenal's fortunes in front of goal this season compared to recent ones, chance conversion rate would be fairly relevant. In the 32 games thus far this term, Arsenal have scored 55 times from 345 shots giving them a chance conversion rate of 15.9 percent.

This is the sixth highest return in the league (Leicester are top with 18.8 percent), but when compared to last year and the year before, the trend is worrying. In 2014/15 the Gunners were converting 17.9 percent of their chances and in 2013/14 the figure was even higher at 19.8 percent. The difference equates to roughly 16 goals per season.

Add 16 goals over the course of the Arsenal's season and it's not a massive stretch to believe that would perhaps be sitting at the top of the league or at the very least above Spurs. Are we really to believe that there were no players in world football that Wenger and his scouting network could have identified and signed that could have possibly scored those goals?

Gonzalo Higuain was long pursued in the summer of 2013 but ultimately Wenger decided that it would be wise to change tack and make the now infamous £40m and £1 bid for Luis Suarez. An absolutely horrendous misjudgement which has had severe long term implications for the club.

Suarez probably would never have signed anyway. Last summer's attempts to sign Karim Benzema always seemed optimistic at best and ultimately proved a waste of time. Wenger is like the old man in the pub complaining about the price of a pint. He can't get his head around it.

The problem now is that Arsenal are the very definition of a club in the comfort zone. When even the owner doesn't expect to win trophies how can you demand it from your players?

Theo Walcott has been at the club for ten years yet doesn't fancy it on the wing anymore and has become hopelessly impotent up front. His chances of playing for England at Euro 2016 are rightfully diminishing by the week. He's become a busted flush and it's time to move him on.

Wenger it seems refuses to surround himself with strong characters. You can only wonder why former players such as Patrick Vieira and Martin Keown were never offered coaching roles at the club after they retired. The former-players would have been a terrific addition to the coaching team to help the younger generation develop.

Ibrahimovic Arrival Unlikely

For the same reason, the chances of Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving to North London this summer are virtually nil. Ibrahimovic is not one to keep his opinions to himself and Wenger will certainly see him as a threat to his omnipotence at the Emirates Stadium.

The supporters who hold up anti-Wenger banners used to be spat on and punched. Now they're being applauded. The frustration within the fan base is manifesting itself visibly, but whether such protests will have any effect remains doubtful.

The way the club is run is naive at best and cynical at worst. It's hard to see anything changing at least until the end of next year when Wenger's contract is up. But would anyone even really be surprised to see American owner Stan Kroenke offer him another?

Not as long as we've qualified for the Champions League again. Someone wake me up when it's over.

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