Yesterdays 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United is just another to add to Wenger’s list of dropped points this season. Arsenal still sits in second place even after only taking 32 points out of a possible 51, but if Arsenal really wants to win their first title since the “invincibles” they’ve got to stand up and face the music.
Arsenal have struggled when it has come to the big games this season, after a lucky draw at Liverpool on the opening game of the season, and then defeats to Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle, West Brom and now Manchester United. But Arsenal have shown signs this season that they are capable of beating the big boys, after being one of only three teams to beat Manchester City this season, and then being able to brush aside teams such as Aston Villa, and Bolton, both of which have been matches where Arsenal have netted at least four goals. The bottom line is, Arsenal still sits in second, and with Manchester United playing Chelsea this weekend, come Sunday evening, Arsenal could find themselves sitting in first place.
Arsenal is attempting to win the title, but Wenger’s stubbornness has put this in doubt in recent years? Wenger has the funds to buy good talented players, but instead he prefers to invest in the future. For example no disrespect, but Arsenals goalkeeping lineup is not one of which you would expect to win the title with. If Arsene Wenger plans on winning any major trophies, he’s got to watch and learn from other managers.
Arsenal has also got to keep hold of their good quality players. In the past Arsenal have had a tendency to let their stronger players leave the club, for example, Matthieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb, Kolo Toure, and Emmanuel Adebayor, all of which were all players who showed promise when wearing the red of Arsenal. Could players come in during the January transfer window, names have been bounced about, such as Bolton’s, Gary Cahill, and also Shay Given who is out of favour at Man City. This January transfer window could still be vital in this year’s race for glory.
There have been signs that this could be Arsenals year though. One thing that has been noticed is the strength of Arsenals Carling cup starting 11, in comparison to last season. Maybe this is finally the year where Arsene makes the move that could see Arsenal lift their first trophy since 2005.
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