19
Apr
13

Where do Arsenal go from here?

  Victor Anichebe of Everton marshalls Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on April 16, 2013 in London, England

The reaction after the very below par Arsenal performance has been pretty damning. Much has been said regarding the team selection and the attitude adopted by various members of the squad on Tuesday night. The main thing that was highlighted would have to be the lack of squad strength. This season has been the first time in a long while that I look towards the substitutes bench and am incredibly concerned. I’m not too sure there is even five players in the squad that can change the game when it is needed. I would like to see Wenger shake things up. Maybe look at adopting to a front two, or at least give Podolski a run up top. Olivier Giroud looks absolutely drained. 

 

There were a few strange decisions made on Tuesday night, none more so than Cazorla once more played out of position and ineffective to say the least, I would have put him in support of Podolski as a main striker and NOT have started the incredibly unfit Wilshere. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott on the wings would definitely have dealt Everton more danger As soon as Oxlade Chamberlain came on you could see how the whole stadium had a lift and we looked almost invigorated in the last 10-15 minutes.

 

I do wonder if “Le Boss” learns from his mistakes, Going back to the Swansea away game Ox  was very impressive after starting, I must have been a fool for thinking that he was going to be challenging for a starting place, instead Gervinho from nowhere seems to have been Wenger’s pet.   

 

The attitude was a key factor on Tuesday night in Everton making all the early running and controlling large parts of the game, The Gooners didnt seem to be able to force themselves upon the opposition until midway through the second half. It really does make you wonder what Arsene Wenger brings to the club in the aspect of coaching. Defensively he has been in charge for the last few months which coincided with some of the most calamitous defending at all the levels of the the game this season. Then you look at the bigger games that have been played this season especially at the Emirates on many occasions have been caught cold early on in games which has brought his method of man management into huge question.

 

I really hope he steps down at the end of this season, I have no problem with him staying at the club but I would not welcome him in a managerial capacity. I feel he has sufficiently lost touch with fan expectation which has definitely inspired some of the fan protests which have been witnessed this season. 

 

In summarising I would have to say that whatever the board decide to do at the end of this season regarding management, There needs to be some serious investment on the playing and coaching staff. 

 

 

Feedback always welcome

 

 

Goonerscribe

 

 

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