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Roster the reason for Arsenal's woes

Tuesday 24th October 2017
Arsenal's season hasn't been impressive, Everton romp aside. The preceding loss to Watford was already the Gunners' third league defeat.

From nine games played, they have won five, drawn one, and sit fifth in the table, nine points off the top. While it is too early to write Arsene Wenger's team off, his doesn't look like a team that can spring a surprise. Being outsmarted by him was the final nail in Ronald Koeman's coffin. Wenger would dearly love to begin another 20-year Champions League streak but finishing in the league quartet might just be a dream.

As ridiculous as it would have sounded only two or three years ago, Arsenal is gradually losing its identity, if it hasn't already. The team needs major overhauling. Wenger rejects the idea. Ignoring fans' pleas to strengthen the squad, he is desperately trying to keep players who don't want to stay. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already forced his way out. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez appear to be next. Both are playing out the final year of their respective contracts.

The Frenchman made only two significant signings in the summer. Sead Kolasinac joined on a free transfer. Alexandre Lacazette arrived for £52 million. Two players aren't enough to transform a team in decline.
One can't reasonably expect a club that failed to spend to compete with equals that did.

Manchester City spent over £200 million to bring in quality players. United also parted with around £150 million to return to the top level, as Arsenal now seek to do.

As you would expect, Arsenal have gotten what they paid for. Its attack lacks a consistent threat. The midfield is discouraging. The defence is in shambles. The bench has no game changer. Of the top six Premier League clubs, the Gunners have conceded more goals while scoring the fewest goals. All told, it's a pathetic situation.

It is a simple fact the Gunners have the oldest and youngest defence among the top six. Per Mertersacker is 33, Laurent Koscielny 32, Nacho Monreal 31. Combined, the trio is 96. Conversely, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are 22, Sead Kolasinac 24. If Wenger was looking to build, he would have signed a defender or two in their late 20s, to bridge the gap.
An Arsenal season already looking bad could get worse. Wenger is obviously out of ideas and solutions. He has lost his strategies. His tactics are no longer producing results. Too many opponents are exploiting the lapses.

Signing Arsene Wenger to a two-year contract extension may have been the worst summer business the club conducted. Injecting new players into the team in January may not be enough to salvage anything from this season. A new face in the dugout may be necessary.
Aje Omolayo

I like to think of myself as an easy going lover of all things football, however, I do class myself as a die-hard Arsenal fan but I'm not biased enough to view life at the Emirates through rose-tinted spectacles and can appreciate when we are beaten by the better team on the day.


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