Another season is all but over, and it’s looking like another pot less one.
Arsenal Football Club will have gone six years without winning one of the four competitions on offer. I am not one to dwell on the disappointments of the past and would much rather think about the future and I hope and pray that next season will turn out more successful. However, after watching year after year and being disappointed I had to ask myself why, why do we keep coming up short and the answer is simple, we are just not good enough!
At the start of this season the media and so-called pundits had written our chances off, many stated that this year we would almost certainly miss out of qualifying for Champions League. The reasons given was that other teams had improved and invested heavily in new players and even new managers in some cases.
We however have just stood still.
So what went wrong with us.
We had in fact started the season off with some difficult matches, compared with the other top three teams and surprisingly we came through with wins, and held our spot in the top three or four, so a pretty good start. Even then I wondered if we good enough to hold that position, I didn’t believe we were…..
The manager had brought two central defenders, both that in all honestly I had not heard of before. We knew we had problems in this area from the season before, would these two be the answer to our devensive problems, I wasn’t sure.
Goal-keeping was also a concern but the manager refused to buy or replace and the problems were still evident at the beginning of the season.
We started to incur a few injuries, defenders and midfielders, even our forwards were injured, but we had bought in a new striker a free signing, and he held out very well.
Arsenal FC are renowned around the world as a side that play an attractive style of football, but although attractive, not very productive as far as trophies, and that has been the same this year. Can we cure this problem for next season, with the present Manager I doubt we can.
So what do we do, we must address the problems we have, we have to replace players and if it means replacing the manager to do this, then so be it.
It is not that we don’t make chances, we do, but our forward payers cannot finish. If half of our chances had gone in, we would be sitting with a piece of silverware now, so it is blatantly obvious that we need a recognised striker.
We have an abundance of midfielders but not to the standard we need, a clear out is needed and with the summer transfer window approaching and we should make changes.
Our Captain should be allowed to leave, as we have seen this year his fitness is questionable. We require a robust Captain with the ability to lead.
A quality goalkeeper is also a must, as is a defence that can be reliant on a strong last man.
Arsenal FC have a lot of work to do in the closed season and if the problems are not addressed we will be talking the same talk this time next year. Will this manager be up to the task ahead, six years says no!
So what about a new manager then? A new broom sweeps clean doesn’t it and isn’t that just what we need?
Should Wenger stay and do something he has yet to do in many a closed season, here is how I see our players right now.
Luxuries we cannot afford.
Players to keep.
Just a few changes I believe we should look at, your choices are probably different but changes are a must for our future development. I have always been a staunch supporter of our current manager but times change!
Whats your view?
Written by Steve Palmer