Fall Of The Empire Or Dark Days Before Dawn?
It is the end of the Empire. The destructive force of rebellion and nature lashing into the edifices to send them crumbling into the sea. The gallows at Tyburn are once more being constructed with prime targets Arsène Wenger, Denilson, Abou Diaby and Manuel Almunia, all fearing for their safety, using a hastily constructed and very rickety, underground railway to flee.
Or at least that is what some would have you believe.
Others point to deficiencies in the playing squad which they knew about and take great delight in pointing out how wise they were after the event. A risky business when silverware has still to be won, even if that route is becoming harder through Arsenal’s own efforts – or in some cases, lack of.
There have been calls for Wenger to be sacked or to leave of his own volition, surrender has been signalled from some quarters. Despite this, the wreckage that was surveyed yesterday might have to be hastily reconstructed if results go in Arsenal’s favour to the same degree in which they went against them on Saturday.
Such is the inconsistency on display this season that the draw for United and accompanying win could happen in the next fortnight. Then we are back in control of our own destiny, provided results in the interim match.
One issue is certain. No matter what complaints you have about the squad, nothing can be done until the transfer window opens. No money spent, no signings confirmed; nothing. Groundwork, yes, by all means and that must surely be an ongoing process in any case. At the business end of the season, with a squad of players in need of some mental work, do you want the manager and staff focussing on that or transfers for next season?
There are plenty of players who will be identified as the weakest links, some will be a core with others a matter of personal preference. Apparently though Arsène’s priorities are clear when it comes to new faces: experienced winners.
So no Gary Cahill or Eden Hazard then as they have won not much more than nothing in their careers…
At this moment in time, Arsenal players (rightly) face questions. Desire, experience, ability – these should not just be limited to the bad times (as in now) or the good (as in then). Even now and then are relative. Six weeks ago was then, this is now. A lot can change very quickly.
Amongst this, arguments should and will rage. Points get lost amid a welter of abuse between two very entrenched sets of views. Lose the abuse or no-0ne listens, posturing proves nothing.
It’s tough times but the battle for the title is not over. Even in the darkest hour a little light must shine. Perhaps the clouds will break sooner than we think.