Arsenal fans’ column: All Guns Blazing

18:00 12 November 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger watches from the touchline at the Liberty Stadium

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger watches from the touchline at the Liberty Stadium


There have been countless times in recent years when Arsene Wenger has had to face the media after a match where something has gone wrong for Arsenal and try to come up with an explanation for their latest failure.

On Sunday, however, I’ve rarely seen him look so weary and despondent. He simply did not have the answers. He looked lost at sea all on his own.

Furthermore, the vitriol towards Wenger, on social media in particular, is reaching unprecedented levels. Support for the Frenchman diminishes every time Arsenal fail to win.

In a previous column, I pointed out how Wenger’s choice not to buy a centre-half to replace Thomas Vermaelen, while knowing that Laurent Koscielny had an Achilles problem, might backfire. And it has in a big way as Nacho Monreal has been found wanting in consecutive games.

The disappointing aspect of our defensive shortcomings is that there was a solid base last season which has been bafflingly torn up by Wenger. The 4-2-3-1 formation of last year has been abandoned in favour of 4-1-4-1, which is not getting the best out of enough players.

Aaron Ramsey is a shadow of the player he was, Santi Cazorla currently does not appear capable of standing up to the physical rigours of the Premier League and Per Mertesacker is struggling to rouse himself following the World Cup.

Whether or not Steve Bould is being given the time to work on the defence is a topic of much speculation amongst Arsenal fans.

A defender of his stature surely wouldn’t sit back and watch our defensive collapses happen and not say anything. Wenger would be negligent to see these mistakes happen and not allow Steve to help, given his background.

We should be challenging for the title, not struggling to break down Hull City or maintain leads. Instead of regurgitating the same nonsense, certain players need to take individual responsibility for their performance because it has not been good enough.

Wenger may be stubborn but he is not stupid. He can see what is going wrong; he has the tools to fix them and is the only man that can solve the problems.

Fans should not fear for Arsenal’s future without him. It’s becoming repetitive, predictable and stale at Arsenal. If not enough progress is not made, his departure must be considered by the board.

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