Gunners now becoming laughing stock

JOHANNESBURG - Being an Arsenal supporter must be heart wrenching.

For almost a decade now, one might argue, Arsenal supporters have become accustomed to failure and must by now have developed a thick skin.

Only a few weeks back, I wrote on this platform singing the praises of Arsene Wenger when his Gunners were seated pretty at the summit of the English Premiership log.

I was confident that this would be a different season because with little material on display, they had defied all odds for a longer period of time and I honestly thought the club was finally destined for greater things.

But as has become the tradition of the London side, at this very juncture of the campaign, they have started to fold in a customary and alarming fashion. No surprises of course if one has been following Arsenal’s trend in all these years they have gone without a trophy.

Celebrating 1 000 games in charge of the club, one would have expected Wenger to plot the downfall of fellow title-chasing Chelsea and put some smile on the faces of his myriad of faithful followers. But by the end of 90 minutes, Arsenal supporters had been gutted to the bone following a 6-0 thrashing.

Then when everyone thought the club would bounce back immediately against relegation battling Swansea at home, the nervous backline allowed a last gasp equaliser which must have dashed any title hopes the club had and in the process, dropping down to a not-so-prestigious fourth position on the log.

While most Arsenal supporters will understandably feel let down by the club’s campaign in the last few days, they must have seen it coming. The scenario has just become too familiar at this time of the club’s campaigns. Arsenal has mastered the art of fizzling out during the final run in  each campaign much to the chagrin of those that love the club across the globe.

While it might sound crude but one might be forced to agree with Jose Mourhino’s assertions that Wenger is a master in failure. Otherwise, how else can one explain the Gunners’ disappointing run each season?

For someone who is presiding over the club for such a long period, and a big club for that matter but always fail to come up with solutions of a now regular eventuality, begs questions about Arsene’s tactical astuteness.

The two results against Chelsea and Swansea will evoke fears that this will be another barren year for the Gunners who promised so much at the beginning of the current season. Yes, they are favourites to win the FA with all other big guns out of the competition, but at this rate, anyone can meet and beat Arsenal. They look jittery at the back and have no winner in the midfield while the strike force is thin.

In short, the squad does not have a leader and this is evidenced whenever there is a mini-crisis at the club. No one can take matters into his own hands and stand up to be counted. In Biblical terms, Arsenal are like sheep without a shepherd.

Why Wenger refused to go into the market to beef up his squad during the January transfer window when the team looked thin in every department, begs the question: Has the Frenchman overstayed his welcome at the club and is it time to move on?

Yes, Wenger has managed to sustain the financial stability of the club but this does not bring happiness to the success-starved supporters. They need some silverware and going for a decade without any makes them a laughing stock of other clubs’ followers.

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Comments (4)

What a one sided article, if Aresnal are laughing stock, what about the 16 teams below them. The sudden drop in form, may have something tomdo with, having your best 5 players injured, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Kos, and Wilshere. I would like to see how other teams would cope losing such players. Also Arsenal do not have an end of season collapse, infact Arsenal have had the best end of season results, for the past couple of years! If results were for a calender year, Arsenal would have won the league in 2013. If you really wish to see a laughing stock, look at Liverpool, they have never won the premier league or poor Tottenham, they have not won the league for 53 years and counting. Some perspective is required.

jordangooner - 29 March 2014

How many players are out injured.Check how many midfielders are out injured against the depth in midfield.How much did Spurs waste ,I think these are the kind of supporters who need thick skins

Smigo - 29 March 2014

Arsene Wenger is holding to Arsenal like a killer virus he must leave. New ideas are sought for Arsenal to tick more purposefully. There's no amount of defending this failure (Wenger) which will bring results for our great Arsenal. Losing six nil is no baby play especial playing against big shots the likes of Chelsea or Man U. This writer is spot on! Laughing stock indeed!!

Regalia - 29 March 2014

Arsene Wenger is holding to Arsenal like a killer virus he must leave. New ideas are sought for Arsenal to tick more purposefully. There's no amount of defending this failure (Wenger) which will bring results for our great Arsenal. Losing six nil is no baby play especial playing against big shots the likes of Chelsea or Man U. This writer is spot on! Laughing stock indeed!!

Regalia - 29 March 2014

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