Most clubs come to The Emirates these days with great believe that they will beat us and to be honest, why shouldn’t they?
Arsene Wenger perseveres with the likes of Arshavin, Djourou, Chamakh, Diaby, Squillaci, but in all honesty every Arsenal supporter and spectator realised they should have been gone a while ago now and it makes me wonder if Arsene Wenger has come to the end of his road?
This once great tactician has run out of idea’s, he is making mistake after mistake and its now evident that we need change.
What I witnessed on Sunday was the last straw for me personally.
Wenger’s substitution of Chamberlain to bring on a totally ineffectual Arshavin, was the last in a string of many in recent weeks that just haven’t paid off, this one though cost us dear.
Having surprised us all by finally having the sense to replace Djourou at half-time as he was getting battered on the right, he took off one of our best players, if not the best and replaced him with a guy who week in week out looks as if he doesn’t want to be in England, let alone on a football pitch in a red and white shirt.
Fans have waited for half a season for who they affectionately call The Ox to start doing what we all know he is capable of, only to be taken off midway through the second half. Supporters could not believe what Wenger was about to do, we could all hear them vent their disbelief towards Arsene Wenger.
The Ox had started lively he is a definite Jack in the box, he showed some very clever footwork and his exuberance is intoxicating, something I used to feel the same way about Theo Walcott. When he first started I felt he was the shinning light but I was mistaken, he has never really reached the heights in the game that was expected of him.
Chamberlain though is very different, he’s big, strong and already convinces most fans - he will be massive for us.
Why Wenger took him off when he did, especially after setting Van Persie up for the equaliser totally baffles me.
The Ox looked as strong as he had all game in fact as the United side had started to tire he was coming into his own. Wenger made the change and the look on that young mans face said everything, his mind must have been scrambled and surely he wondered what he had done to deserve being substituted.
He must have thought after Djourou had been subbed at half time for being totally outplayed that Wenger thought the same about him, but in the case with Djourou he was replaced with a better player Yennaris, but in his own case an out of form Arshavin was coming on.
My heart sank when I saw Arshavin coming on and as said earlier, the home supporters started singing, “You Don’t Know What Your Doing” and this was directed towards Wenger.
Wenger is no stranger to bad substitutions he makes them all the time but this one with The Ox was a complete howler.
Even our captain Robin Van Persie appeared to ask why, maybe he knew the only people applauding the substitution were Manchester United supporters. Mind you, he has been very quick to deny any fall out from Sunday, other players too are in support of their manager since the Man Utd loss.
Wengers reasons after the game were as hollow as his promises to improve the squad!
With millions sitting in the bank, he has decided that we don’t need to bring in any players in this window but he is wrong.
He was wrong this time last year and his wrong again now.
If I didn’t know better I would think he has done this deliberately – surely he cannot be allowed to carry on making these decisions?
I believe it is now time to start looking for a new man to manage us and hopefully he be in place for the start of next season. Now is not the time as I don’t believe it would be fair for another manager to take over to clean up Wengers mess. Wenger should leave at the end of this season and give his replacement a transfer window to put players in place for his new tenure.
Seven years is enough time for any manager to sort his team and tactics out and Wengers time is done.
Arsenal need new blood, in both leadership and players – it’s the only way forward in my opinion.
Have a read of this article written by old Gooner Alan ‘Smudger’ Smith, haven’t we said it all before?
Written by Steve Palmer.