We should still remind ourselves that Arsenal FC remains one of the great clubs in English football and Arsene Wenger is second and then Sir Alex Ferguson one of many Premier League managers who’ve won the absolute most trophies with their English clubs.
The last two weeks have already been open season on Arsenal and Wenger in the wake of the Gunners’ 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool – visitors was lucky to get non-e – with the media and ex-players putting the collective boot in to club and manager. Having lost two of its opening three games Arsenal has realistically kissed goodbye to any title aspirations, with some observers even predicting a mid-table finish.
Few are surprised by Arsenal’s lame start despite its F. A. Cup win in-may. Majority owner U. S. -based Stan Kroenke seems more interested in the share price than success on the field; there is absolutely no pressure or accountability on Wenger, who should have stepped down 2 yrs ago and is at risk of being remembered as failing rather than the club’s most innovative manager
Arsenal showed a profit in the summertime transfer window, bringing in only Antonio Lacazette (from Lyon for £46. 5 million) and Sead Kolašinac on a free from Schalke 04 which, given the improvement of its rivals, is tantamount to self-harming. If anyone at Emirates Stadium seriously believes the arrival of those two players would make Arsenal a Premier League force, they should email the tooth fairy.
There is absolutely no riot act to be read since it is not Arsenal’s (i. e. Wenger’s) style. Defeat could be acceptable if the team has given everything, but as the players walked from the Anfield pitch the laundry lady probably thought she had a straightforward week coming.
Arsenal fans have nearly given up on the Wenger Out protests because they understand that as he signed a two-year contract in summer time he will be there until 2019 unless he resigns. Kroenke’s shares are very much in the black, the Bank manager is smiling – how can anyone be unhappy?
It is difficult to imagine what satisfaction Wenger gains from his job in the shadow of so much negativity, but a life without football is an empty world for the Frenchman he can’t possibly contemplate.
Arsenal, which can be only ever a game from a crisis, plays 0-3 Bournemouth at home on Saturday. Wenger could not require better (or worse) opposition than a team that has lost by at least a two-goal margin in all three of its visits to Arsenal, though optimism is in short supply at Emirates now.
Not a believable defense
A guy pleaded not liable to assault recently despite the fact that he was caught on CCTV punching someone sitting next to him at a railway station. “I was yawning, ” he told the court, stretching his arms out to illustrate his alleged real action. He was found guilty, but as excuses go, there is an air of unreal hilarity about any of it.
It was an identical situation with England’s Dele Alli, who, after being tackled by Martin Skrtel of Slovakia and not being awarded a free of charge kick, gave a finger gesture. Since it was in direction of the referee most considered the official was the target, but no – it was to his former Tottenham teammate Kyle Walker, who was 10 meters behind the referee, who didn’t see the incident.
“The gesture was a tale between me and my good friend Kyle Walker, ” tweeted Dele. And the cow jumped over the moon. Why on the planet would Dele make a finger gesture to Walker after the referee had not given a free activate his favor?
Dele was obviously unaware that no matter who the gesture was made to, only when it was made. Law 12 states a player ought to be sent off if the gesture is known as offensive, insulting or abusive. He was lucky FIFA – up to now – has taken no action. The Football Association, almost certainly, and UEFA, probably, would have charged Dele retroactively.
At the World Cup, if the referee sees a finger gesture Dele is likely to be sent off. If nothing else, he and Walker should find another thing to joke about.