Last season 2017-18, a large disgustingly vocal anti-Arsène Wenger destructive gang finally got their wish and had their manager of 22 years given the push, didn’t they? He was driven out by ‘so called’ Arsenal supporters who achieved it by abusive chanting from the stands and holding-up their anti-Wenger banners which undermined and completely demoralised their team on the field ?
Yep, they had decided some seasons previous that the sole reason that Arsenal hadn’t won the Premier League since 2004 was because Frenchman Wenger wouldn’t buy decent players (too tight) AND he wasn’t up to the job anymore. [Note that Wenger paid a Club record fee in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £55million last January].
The very fact that London’s Arsenal football Club owed its substantial success, awesome achievements and high standing in the football world, as well as its financial stability [in spite of building the massive 60thousand capacity new Emirates stadium and moving out of iconic Highbury], to that very man, counted for nothing, did it?
Oh yes, the Arsenal, the ‘supposed’ failures, still finished in 6th place [above the likes of Burnley, Everton and Leicester] to qualify for Europe AGAIN [the Europa League group stage again this season], and indeed last season winning 8 games to reached the semi-final of that Europa cup competition, and they played in the final of the EFL cup here, to boot?
Well, well, well, the bully boys of the terraces, have now got their brand-new manager in place, Spaniard Unai Emery (reportedly the ‘safe’ choice), who has had the full summer to work with his squad [which he claims is complete], so basically the title is in the bag, as one would say, isn’t it?
Oh dear, well not quite it would seem, as Arsenal [position 17] have lost both of their matches so far this season (with dire performances) and consequently are languishing at the very BOTTOM of the Premiership on zero points, with the likes of Fulham, West Ham and Huddersfield.
So, Emery’s new-dawn squad overhaul doesn’t seem to had had much of a ‘beneficial’ impact so far, does it? While he has ditched a shed load of players [half a dozen, including 20 year old English striker Stephy Mavididi (who has represented England at U17, U18, U19 and U20 level], the five or so fresh new faces through the door, to the utter surprise of the professional pundits, seem to be of only average talent – hardly the positive way to build-up an all-conquering Arsenal team, similar to that which took their last Premiership title by storm under Wenger back in 2004 (without losing a single match), eh?
New manager Emery has named five Arsenal players he has appointed as captains for this season (with Laurent Koscielny as his main one) – that’s decisive management for you, isn’t it?
The BIG-MONEY transfers-in, sought-after by the over-ambitious anti-Wenger crowd, don’t seem to have materialised yet, do they? No, they saw Lucas Torreira [midfielder at 26.5m], free signing Stephan Lichtsteiner [right back], Sokratis Papastathopoulos [centre back at £17.7m], Bernd Leno [goalkeeper (not first-choice for Germany) at £19.2m] and Mattéo Guendouzi [19-year-old French midfielder at £7m] – that’s hardly being competitive in the current football marketplace, is it?
[Despite already having spent obscene amounts of money on players and the summer transfer window closing three weeks earlier than normal, the big boys dipped-in once more – like Chelsea £71m [Kepa Arrizabalaga], or Liverpool £67m [Alisson] and £48m [Naby Keita] and £39m [Fabinho], or Manchester City £60m [Riyad], or Manchester United £47m [Fred] and £19m [Diogo Dalot]
Of course, things should get better for Arsenal with improved results against mid-table teams, and we could expect that to happen as early as this coming weekend when they play at home and face fellow strugglers West Ham [position 19].
The 5 following-on opportunities to gain some points, are games against Cardiff [position 16 (away)], Newcastle [position 12, (away)], Everton [position 6 (home)], Watford [position 3 (home), Fulham [position 18 (away)], of which of course Cardiff and Fulham should be the easiest – but who knows, eh?
[The ‘Wenger Out’ brigade weren’t very careful of what they wished for, so perhaps replacement Emery will be similarly targeted if Arsenal finish the season with no honours and lower than 6th in the Premiership (as is likely?), don’t you think?]