With the Arsenal fans planning to vent their frustration at what has happened to our Premier League title challenge this season and what is seen as the complacency and stagnancy affecting our club from the top down, Arsene Wenger has tried to put his side of the story across and regain some respect from the Gooners before it all kicks off today during the game against Norwich City.
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While a growing number of Arsenal fans have decided that Arsene Wenger is no longer the right person to manage Arsenal and move the club forward, challenging for major trophy honours like the Premier League and Champions League that we all want, we can still expect him to actually know what is going on.
But judging from the press conference he gave today ahead of the Premier League clash with Norwich City tomorrow, the Frenchman has got the Gunners confused with another team. As reported by The Mirror he made a number of claims about the season that just do not correspond to the facts.
Joel Campbell has always seeme harshly treated by Arsene Wenger despite showing promise on a regular basis. He wasn’t utilised by Le Boss this season until the weight of injuries forced Wenger to give him a chance. He actually played 11 League games this season, but despite some excellent play and 3 goals he was quickly dropped by Wenger in favour of more obviously out of form players. This is another reason why Arsenal fans have been disgruntled with Wenger this season.
Unless Stan Kroenke and the Arsenal board have a major turnaround in the next few weeks then it looks like Arsenal fans will be stuck with Arsene Wenger as the manager for one more year at least, for better or worse. But why are the Gunners willing to keep putting faith in a manager who has consistently failed to challenge for the title in over a decade of disappointment?
I have seen various theories, ranging from the old favourite about Kroenke knowing he is on a good thing as we keep getting into the Champions League without spending money to the suggestion that Arsenal cannot find the right man to replace him and are worried about us hitting the skids like Man United did with David Moyes.
If this latest of the usual mountain of Arsenal transfer rumours actually comes true it would surely put a smile back on the faces of the unhappy Arsenal fans who are planning another big protest at the ground this weekend after seeing the Gunners blow a great chance of ending the 12 year wait for a title.
But the smiles would come more because it would be a slap in the face for our London rivals Chelsea than genuine excitement about the signing of their young forward Dominic Solanke, who The Sun reports is a serious transfer target for Arsenal in the summer.
Manchester United are linked with making a move to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, but is this really what Arsenal fans have been asking for?
Many of the club’s supporters have turned on the manager this term, as well as growing frustrated with the input of players like Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Chamberlain. With news reports claiming that the Red Devils are interested in one of those players, the alarm bells are starting to ring for me.
As well as Arsene Wenger wanting his Arsenal players to focus on the job at hand of winning all of our remaining Premier League games and securing a top three finish, he himself has to make sure that they take each game as it comes. And his own task is setting the Gunners up with the best possible chance of beating the team in front of us.
That is why, I think, the Frenchman brought back Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker for the midweek game against West Brom. But the away game against a Sunderland desperate for all three points to get them out of the relegation is a different matter.
Arsenal fans were delighted to get our England international striker Danny Welbeck back from his long term injury lay-off recently, and the former Man United man came back with a bang and after the shocking form in front of goal we have seen from Olivier Giroud since the turn of the year it was no surprise to see Welbeck starting ahead of the Frenchman.
But that initial burst of form and confidence has faded somewhat and Welbeck has been as guilty as any Gunner of missing chances of late and has not scored since the win at Everton over a month ago. That, combined with the expected defensive set-up of West Brom at the Emirates tonight, leads me to believe that Arsene Wenger could bring Giroud back into the starting line up tonight.
Arsene Wenger has finally decided to tell Arsenal fans why we couldn’t win the Premier League this season and it’s all down to our opponents who defended too well when they came to the Emirates!
Last season the Gunners averaged 2.16 goals per home game, but this campaign it dropped to a measly 1.5, but it’s not because our strikers are useless. “Our home form has not been exceptional,” Wenger said. “Our away form has been good.
“We did not score enough goals at home, especially against Crystal Palace with the amount of possession we had.
If you are looking for a banker bet to put on for the Arsenal v West Brom match tonight in the Premier League, maybe you should think about putting your money on the Baggies striker Saido Berahino to score a penalty, because that would be just about typical of the way things have been going for the Gunners this season.
Louis van Gaal was ribbed a couple of months ago for saying that his Manchester United team were suffering from Murphy’s law, or maybe it was the way he called it the ‘law of Murphy’ that aroused amusement in the football media. But if anyone should be complaining about things going against them it is surely Arsenal, not United, that have the best case.