Arsenal Football Club has reached a new Low
Every year, patterns recur. Just like how every fall bears begin their protein filled obsession to bulk up for the long, gray, bitterly cold winter. Or how parents fear their children when the school year ends for a long, stressful, loud sweltering summer. Or how gym memberships skyrocket at the turn of the year after individuals lie to themselves about becoming fitter and healthier. The club from North London, known as Arsenal Football Club, has hit their seasonal rock bottom.
It’s a failing cycle. Many of us pundits could simply copy, paste, and publish an article from the year before, or the year before that, or the year before that one, and it would still fit right in with latest headlining Arsenal news.
But after three games, Arsenal has hit a new low—and who would have thought. In a span of 36 hours, almost everything wrong with the Gunners was illustrated.
Arsene Wenger kicked off the disaster before Arsenal’s meeting with Liverpool at Anfield had actually kicked off. For some reason, he left their only two key summer signings, Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, on the bench in their most significant game of the campaign to date. Then, if that was not enough of a boneheaded decision, Wenger paired offensive minded Aaron Ramsey with defensive minded Granit Xhaka in the midfield against a Jurgen Klopp side that plays off of the counter at light speed—Ramsey had to be subbed off at halftime. And Arsenal’s embarrassing shambles did not conclude when the referee mercifully blew the game final.
Off of the pitch, the nightmare drew darker. Their best player, Alexis Sanchez, who is in his final year of the contract, became more desperate to leave North London following the beatdown. And yet, the club, with their head stuck between their legs, does not want to sell him. Nor do they want to sell the talented yet lazy Mesut Ozil, who is also in his final year of his contract.
The incompetent manager and board do not realize that their two world class talented players, if they are not sold by the end of the summer transfer window, which is tomorrow, could walk away from the club at the end of the year for absolutely nothing. Zero. Nada. And all summer long, Wenger’s Arsenal simply has not attracted any star players to play at the club.
Then the young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen his writing on the wall has declared he wants out too. He too is in his last year of the contract, but it is very likely Arsenal will benefit financially from his departure—reports have indicated either Chelsea or Liverpool will swoop him up.
To recap, Wenger could not field a proper starting 11 and his tactics were terribly wrong. The players continue to be unmotivated. Upstairs, the board cannot sign star players and are on the verge of letting their star players’ contracts run out with no profit in return. The Gunners are a dumpster fire.
To add some perspective, Arsenal great, Ian Wright, was on the latest BBC Radio 5 Live following Liverpool’s thrashing of Arsenal this past Sunday and was in distraught.
“My mates, my Chelsea, Tottenham and Man United mates— they feel sorry for me.” As the show continued, his voice flushed with disappointed, anger, and confusion.
Arsenal’s all time goal scorer, Thierry Henry, echoed similar thoughts after the game.
Speaking on Sky Sports, “it was unwatchable, at one point I wanted to leave. I don’t relate to the team and I don’t think a lot of the fans do.” He continued to say “[there] is a problem. The word I have used for a long time is comfort. Everything is comfortable at Arsenal.”
The club is in the same predicament year after year and the toll is starting to tear the club down. Who truly knows what the problem is and what the right solutions are.
Maybe, something needs to change, and just for the sake of change. If not, Arsenal could be ruined for many years to come.