After Ai??having won just ten games out of a possible 25 in all tournaments, Arsenal are possibly having their worst season in two decades. Even with the injection of some top class players, the Gunners have failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis. What might be the reasons for the downfall?

Players Being Repeatedly Played Out Of Position

Arsenal

ACN, where art thou?

Call it plain obduracy or blind faith in oneai??i??s own abilities, Wenger keeps on believing that he is capable of molding any player to play in a position he wants him to play. He managed to make a fantastic striker out of Thierry Henry who was a natural winger during his Monaco days, but that doesnai??i??t mean that he can use Thierryai??i??s case as a perennial blueprint for any player with International pedigree. Lukas Podolski, a brilliant player in his day, is a natural Center Forward, one who likes to play just behind the main striker; he is not an attacking left winger. Gervinho is more of a left winger who can cut inside and shoot wide or cross wide from the left wing, but he is never going to be a center forward because his finishing is comparable to a 60 year old man with Parkinsonai??i??s disease. Finally, Aaron Ramsey, being played on the right wing is a lesser mystery than him being played at all in an Arsenal jersey. From the evidence on the pitch, one can sadly assume Ryan Shawcross decimated the footballer inside him in that dark day at The Britannia two years back.

Lack Of Squad Depth

Arsenal

From where to where!

At the beginning of the season, if one looked at the Arsenal squad, they could safely assume that this team had a decent squad depth. But, looking at how things have unfolded over the course of the season, it is clear Arsenal lacks squad depth. The most important position which Arsenal never suffered over the years is the striker slot. From Ian Smith to Ian Wright, Thierry Henry to Dennis Bergkamp, Adebayor to Robin van Persie, the club always had strikers in abundance who were natural finishers and were capable of winning games on their own.

At this moment, the club has just one recognized striker. Compare that to Manchester United ai??i?? the manager struggles to keep all four strikers (Chicharito, Rooney, van Persie and Wellbeck) happy with enough playing time; all being top-class strikers. Being blind to such an obvious issue is either another case of stubbornness from the manager’s side or clearly an order from the board so that they can make some more profits every season.

Lack Of Leadership And Inconsistent Form

Over the entire Arsenal reign, the club always had captains who would lead from the front; the captainai??i??s arm-band was worn by players like Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie. All these players were an apostle of inspiration for everybody in the club. They led from the front even if all of them werenai??i??t equally eloquent.

Thomas Vermaelen completely lacks that quality, he is very inconsistent, makes costly mistakes too often and never makes that difference on the field which will make opponents stand up and take notice. Since the Belgian has signed a new contract and wants to stay with the club for many years to come, he really needs to step up his game and become an example for other players to follow.

Lack Of Penetration, Desire And A Plan B

If a team playing Arsenal sits back and defends deep, there is no way Arsenal can cut open the team with a more ragged approach or even a possible Plan B. It is often seen that the players keep on dilly-dallying around with no intention of making things happen. Apart from Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, nobody wants to take the responsibility, to make the difference between winning and losing. Most of the players just take on the field, do their usual stuff, collect their salaries and go to their posh London home. It is quite debatable as to what might be the reason for this change in attitude ai??i?? Is it the board who cares less about silverware and more about profits? Or is it an owner who doesnai??i??t understand football? Or is it simply the manager who just canai??i??t inspire his players anymore?

No Natural Width And A Strange Blind Faith

If one scans through the entire Arsenal squad, one will find just a single ai???properai??i?? winger ai??i?? Theo Walcott, a player who wonai??i??t be seen in an Arsenal jersey next summer or maybe even after the January transfer window opens. Players like Arshavin, Gervinho, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey are not proper wingers by any stretch of imagination. They have been asked to play in the wings to accommodate players in a 4-3-3 system, which the manager loves to play. Out of these players, the only player who can deliver telling crosses is the diminutive Russian, but for some strange reason, he is always a less preferred choice even if Gervinho and Ramsey keep on embarrassing the Arsenal global representation. Moreover, Gervinho, who has the composure of a cranky old cat with labor pain and Aaron Ramsey, never try to justify the faith their manager has on them. It just makes life more and more difficult for both parties living under the detrimental blame-game environment all the time.

It doesnai??i??t need a degree in Economics to understand how to solve obvious issues at a club, but, first, one needs to ai???acceptai??? the shortcomings. If you donai??i??t accept you are not good enough, youai??i??ll never improve. Arsenal fans, leaving aside the ai???Keep The Faithai??i?? trolls, are standing on the edge, with substantial apprehension and hoping for a drastic change in scene, in whatever way it comes.

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3 Responses to “Arsenal Downfall – Leadership, Squad Depth, Inconsistent Form, Blind Faith”

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  1. Sam says:

    Great article. I agree with you 100%. Arsenal is an embarrassment to it’s loyal fans.
    I hate Gervinho. Why does Arsen keep putting him into starting lienup?
    This weeks loss to a second tear league was a proof for all of us that Arsenal is garbage at this moment with no leadership and completely lost. They have great players, but they don’t click. Arsen has no ball to change anything for one reason or another.

  2. omkar says:

    The solutiön is simple, to kick wenger out. But there is a chance that board are equally at fault bcoz of their greediness. They wont fire wenger as if they do any manager who cares little abt his reputation would quickly declare the greed of arsenal board. So wenger will remain, arsenal would falter with every season untill they get relegated and hopefully stupid arsenal fans wud c the club as to what it has become.

  3. Arup says:

    The saddest part about this article is that I know the author :(

    TV5 lacks the quality now. REALLY? didn’t seem so for the 2 years he played quite brilliantly. The frustration by the fans is understandable, yet the negativity surrounding the club from media galore when we should be sticking together is shocking