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There are no prizes for guessing that Arsenal have had a shocking start to their new Premier League campaign on more than just a single accord, be it losing two out of their three opening games, failing to have done good business in the transfer window, or showing positive intent for the future. Things went horribly far ahead, as Arsene Wenger was about to leave the club over personal reasons.
The fans were, are and will be angered for a while at least until the transfer wounds start filling up when the Gunners win some big games and show amazing results, unlike the 4-0 cold-thrashing that the Merceyside Reds served last.
While the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar couldn’t see their future at the Emirates, Wenger wouldn’t have let Alexis Sanchez leave the club so easily either.
According to reports, most sources suggest that Sanchez only stayed at Arsenal because the club were not able to pull off a deadline day deal for Thomas Lemar despite months of Wenger’s stand of not selling the Chilean star.
Moreover, Lemar had his price as proven when Arsenal finally made the Monaco an offer they couldn’t refuse: £92million, nearly twice the club record fee they paid for Alexandre Lacazette this summer. Maybe if Arsenal’s final mega-offer or probably even an offer around £70m had come a month earlier, chances are that Lemar would have been an Arsenal player by now. The timing of events is what exposed the Gunners’ ineptitude as far as buying/selling players is concerned.
In a bid to save their season after just three games, Arsene Wenger must set out to have showdown talks with all the flops of the season so far, as soon as the players return from their international duties.
Efforts need to be put in to avert the crisis, in the face of results like the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool or the 1-0 defeat at Stoke. Luckily enough, the first game of the season was narrowly saved by Olivier Giroud.
The Gunners are in a self-imposed chaos kind-of-a-situation and the only way out is for Wenger to sit his troops down and have a clearing-the-air conversation so that their season doesn’t become a total sham.
He must gather the composure to have the talks later this week before Arsenal face Bournemouth on Saturday and bring up all the issues on the agenda, including the angered fan-base due to the poor transfer window, top players wanting to quit the club and Wenger’s personal hassles with the Premier League.
A lot has happened in the ranks of the Gunners in the last month or so…
“From Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s departure to Anfield shortly after Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat from Liverpool to Alexis Sanchez not being allowed to leave the club despte his frowing desire to move to Manchester City.
From not being able to sign a replacement, to a disastrous start to the PL season losing to Stoke City and Liverpool subsequently, to handling a crisis-like situation with the fans hating the club’s decisions and slogans like “Wenger OUT” taking its toll.
From Wenger literally almost about to leave the club over personal reasons, to Shkodran Mustafi’s season-long loan switch to Inter Milan falling out, to Mesut Ozil yet to sign a new contract even after having it available for months, and of course to getting rejected by Lemar on deadline day, a £90m move declined to stay at Monaco…”
Arsenal have seen it all under the heat of the sun.
Now, desiring for a top-four Premier League and a Champions League spot, the team needs to rebuild their focus and start believing in Arsene Wenger’s dream project for Arsenal. The only man the Gunners have ever had is Wenger and it is his rightful duty to get them out of the anti-supporters’ mess that they presently are in.
It is time for the big players to take full responsibility of the results, going in to the fixtures they have lined up. Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal with the newly acquired Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac. All these players starting each game for the Gunners, need to maximise the potential of winning games and lead the club in the right direction. Jack Wilshere is up and ready to be reckoned with as well.
Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before Wenger sets the tone right and gets back to winning ways in the Premiership, ready to bat eyelids in Europe.