No danger of Arsenal running out of money with Wenger is charge, but there’s a chance he’ll push the fans’ patience to the maximum. That’s if he hasn’t already.
As much as I rate Andrey ‘The Meerkat’ Arshavin (who doesn’t produce his best for Arsenal because he’s played out of position), there was no point in bringing him on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Manchester United. The timing defied belief. The Ox had just been involved in the equaliser. Why take off a player running on adrenalin? I’ll leave Arsene to explain that one.
Soon he’ll need to explain our lack of action on the transfer front. Why not strengthen an ailing squad when fourth was still up for grabs. Well, it won’t be much longer, so does that make financial sense? Not to me!
Meanwhile, the media’s witch-hunt of Arshavin seems to be paying off. Even our fans booed his arrival, not surprising given the removal of the Ox! Even skipper Robin van Persie mouthed the word ‘no’! The TV cameras picked it up. It doesn’t inspire confidence in the manager at all and ‘confidence’ is the operative word here.
Arsenal lacked the confidence to beat Manchester United. Yennaris put in a good shift at right back after replacing the largely disappointing Djourou (like Arshavin, playing out of position). I think it’s really harsh to put players in roles they’re not suited to. Djourou’s a decent player, but we won’t see that if he continues at right back.
Talking of players in the wrong position, why not bring Lansbury back from West Ham and use him as a sub keeper? He’s got to be better than Almunia and Fabianski!
I’m almost at the end of my tether with Wenger now. He doesn’t seem to realise we’re 1-2 players short of a top 4 finish. He needs an assistant that will tell him some home truths, but he seems too stubborn to listen to anyone nowadays.
Please Arsene, have a re-think! We’re a couple of tweaks away from that lucrative fourth spot. Do your maths! You’re an economist, right?