Are Arsenal Football Club In Bigger Trouble Than Just Needing A New Manager?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on April 11, 2017
It it the end of an era for of Arsenal Football Club? Are they no longer considered one of the ‘big boys’ of English football? Contracts running down on their best players. Their ability to always finish in the top four now waning, and worse for them, becoming overshadowed and outclassed by bitter rivals Tottenham.
Take nothing away from Sam Allardyce’s men yesterday who appeared ruthless on the counter-attack. Crystal Palace clearly wanted it more and took their chances. It is also not often you see an Arsenal side full of attacking flair unable to muster a shot on goal in the second half. But last night, we saw it.
Arsenal didn't manage a single shot on target in the second half vs. Crystal Palace.
Not a single one. pic.twitter.com/MKkaRmX18E
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 10, 2017
Are Arsenals best players going through the motions as they look to assess their contract options? It would certainly appear that way as many of them looked like they didn’t have anything to play for against Palace.
Jamie Carragher’s damning assessment, in which he labelled the team full of ‘son-in-laws’ does ring through a sense of reality that despite how good they are, they aren’t quite right and their fans don’t want them on their team.
Jamie Carragher on the Arsenal players: "They're a bunch of son-in-laws. What father would want their daughter to bring one of them home?"
— From The Stands (@FromTStands) April 10, 2017
People say Alexis Sánchez has sights set on a move across London to Chelsea. While Jose Mourinho has an apparent eye on Mesut Ozil. Two of Arsenals best and already highest paid players, stalling on their contracts. Effectively not playing for their manager, teammates or club.
Player power is becoming more apparent and influential on the pitch and possibly more so off it. We saw this last year at Chelsea. The literally same team 7 points clear atop of the league this season, didn’t want to play under Mourinho. At Leicester City this season. Their players allegedly informing the owners that Claudio Ranieri had lost the dressing room only a few months after leading them to the almost unprecedented glory of the league title from their previous season’s relegation battle. Driving out their most successful manager in recent times.
It definitely looks to some like these two are forcing Arsene Wenger’s hand in orchestrating a move away. Does not qualifying in the top 4 and missing out on a Champions League place enable them to leave easier?
Or would they prefer to force the clubs to reluctantly give Wenger his P45 and freshening up the club with a younger, fresher manager?
With their latest defeat, giving Wenger the clubs worst away form since his appointment, the way Arsenal are slumping down the league it wouldn’t be surprising if neither Wenger, Sanchez or Ozil are at the Emirates next season.