The disappointment of the Gunner fans was already sky high before kick off against Swansea. What followed afterwards only added fuel to their anger as Arsenal crumbled to new lows with a 2-0 defeat. Never has Arsene Wenger seen such high level of protests by the fans in his long reign.
Although majority of the fans are against the problems in Arsenal’s board and the way the club is being run, but yesterday’s loss shows why the concerns are worse and even the legendary Manager has only one answer i.e. his team has been “Not Good Enough”.
Booing has been common in the Emirates stadium since past few seasons as the fans have been frustrated without a trophy for so many years. However, the manner of defeat versus Swansea deserves no less than that. The Gunners were clueless for most part of the game; the only chance in the first half was when Cazorla’s harmless header was held by the keeper as if it was catching practice.
Up top Arsenal were clueless despite having so many attacking options. Gervinho and Walcott had terrible outings on the wing and experienced German Lukas Podolski played as a central forward as if he was deployed in that position for the first time in his career, being ineffective throughout the game.
Gunners have one of the best midfield lineups in the premier league, still Cazorla, Wilshere and Arteta could not even win the midfield battle against Swansea who produced a hardworking and effective show on the day that restricted Arsenal’s attack. Also Michu, league’s top scorer, doesn’t miss many chances. Yet the game was more about how poor Arsenal was and less about how good Swansea played.
One can say that the result was coming. Arsenal have only won 6 points from the last 6 premier league games and in that period, the only win came against their arch rivals Tottenham. Not to forget, versus Spurs, Gunners were actually struggling as they conceded early and only bounced back when the opponents were down to 10 men. Else their performances have been quite dreary to say the least.
The question now is how are Arsenal going to recover from this defeat and move on? Although the upcoming fixtures are not categorized amongst hard ones and the fact that in December they will be playing four games at home, still the last three fixtures against Villa, Everton and Swansea also don’t come into that category but Gunners could only earn two points from them.
Currently, Arsenal lie 10th in the premier league, 5 points behind the champions league places. From the current level of performance, one can easily expect Arsenal to finish outside top 4 for the first time under Wenger. Whether or not Arsene Wenger can turn things around like he did last season; Only time will tell.