Are Arsenal in crisis?
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As an Arsenal fan, this is a painful article to write.
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Arsenal fans have been fed the same comments every year since we moved to the Emirates Stadium back in 2006: "We will challenge for the league this season; we will compete with the best in Europe; we have the financial backing to compete with the very best in the transfer market", and it is beginning to sound like a broken record player.
But this season above all has led me, and the majority of Arsenal fans, to believe that the club is in crisis, and here is why:
1) We have not done enough in the transfer market (again)
We started off well, recruiting the Bundesliga left-back of the season Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer and club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for around £50 million fairly early in the window.
But then came the usual quiet period where literally nothing was going on transfer wise at the club.
Eventually, the end of deadline day came and we failed to sign anybody else, ending up with a net profit in what was a record-spending transfer window from the other Premier League clubs.
This is unacceptable for a big club like Arsenal. We came 5th last season, and instead of showing ambition in the transfer market we have not done enough, coupled up with every team around us spending more money and bringing in the quality players needed to compete for the league.
We still need a world class centre-back and central-defensive-midfield player in my opinion; the days of Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira are far behind us now.
2) The contract situations
No 'big' club lets their best players enter the last year of their contracts, and unsurprisingly that is exactly what Arsenal have done.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil remain at the club despite this, as well as strong rumours that Sanchez would leave on deadline day to rivals Manchester City.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did not survive deadline day though, as he decided to move to boyhood club Liverpool for £40 million.
A decent deal for somebody with a year left on their contract, yes, but he should not have been able to run it down in the first place, and, well, he was our best-performing player since the start of the season.
3) The Liverpool game
A 4-0 loss against one of your rivals is simply not good enough, and it could have been more. The performance was shambolic and reminiscent of a lot of recent performances against the so-called 'big six'.
Wenger made some questionable decisions, playing players out of position (a right-back played at left-back and a left-back played at
There is no obvious solution, although Stan Kroenke leaving the club may help. Please turn this around Arsenal, for the sake of listening to more rants on ArsenalFanTV all year!
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