Few of you would question that there is currently something of a problem at Arsenal. Whether that problem resides with the manager, playing staff, or members of the board remains open to interpretation. What most people seem to think is vital is to spend big bucks in January on a few new faces.
I’m not sure that is the answer.
Now, I’m not saying we don’t need reinforcements – we do. I think the problem goes a little deeper and isn’t as easy to fix. I think it’s a motivational issue on the pitch and on the training ground.
When I look around the current Arsenal team, I don’t see a talisman – a player that the others look at when we’re in a jam. We have had those players in the past – Adams, Vieira, Henry, Fabregas, and even that bloody Dutch fella whose name causes me to feel nauseous every time I type it. With the exception of maybe Jack Wilshere, I don’t see an established figure who can grab the other 10 players by the scruff of the neck and get them playing when the chips are down.
That isn’t something we can immediately purchase in the January window. Before the season began, I had high hopes that Thomas Vermaelen would emerge as the figure I mentioned, but since receiving the captaincy he’s looked a player with a great burden on his shoulders – almost as if he is trying too hard. Thomas has made many mistakes and generally looks nowhere near as good as we all know he is.
It’s become a painful tradition at Arsenal to see established stars walk away from the club during the summer. Year after year it has occurred with irksome inevitability. The lack of a spearhead or inspiration is a direct result of that. You simply can’t lose top quality players with such regularity and expect the effect to being anything other than adverse.
I still muster some hope for Arsenal. We have excellent players, and the ability to perform far better than we currently are. Yet something has to be done to pull us out of this funk – someone has to take charge and get the boys playing as a team, and not a bunch of strangers. Let’s hope that person shows their face for the Spurs game at the weekend. Defeat in that one could really turn things nasty.
That’s all for today, folks. What do you think? Do I have a point? Am I talking utter balderdash? Would you like some of our transfer money splashed in January? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
Lastly, if you want to read a truly excellent piece about the current feeling amongst Arsenal fans, then I suggest you take a look at this one.
Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.