Depending whether you’re the type of person who sees the glass as half empty or half full, your opinion regarding Arsenal’s state right now may vary compared to other supporters or neutral soccer fans out there.
On the glass half full side, you have an Arsenal squad who is full of talented individuals such as Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Robin van Persie and others. These are the type of individuals who have the skill and class to rescue Arsenal and start turning their season around after only picking up one point out of a possible six. Plus, they have at the helm manager Arsene Wenger who has been through pressing times before and ultimately knows that his style that his team exhibits will beat opponents.
On the glass half empty side, Arsenal are ravished by suspensions (Alex Song, Emmanuel Frimpong and Gervinho) and injuries (Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Kieran Gibbs, Johan Djourou, Armand Traore). On top of that, they fielded several youngsters against Liverpool on Saturday who usually play in their reserve team (Carl Jenkinson, Ignasi Miquel and Henri Lansbury), while players have left the club (Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Eboue) or are on loan (Carlos Vela).
It’s a difficult to tell whether this is a small blip for Arsenal or a deepening crisis. In the world of Premier League football, managers can be in or out of favor with their fans in very short order. Every game matters even more than they used to, and managers can definitely feel the pressure far more nowadays than in the past where they weren’t scrutinized as closely or debated on 24/7 sports news programs or the Internet.
But based on Arsenal’s slow start to the season — and their performances, which I believe most Arsenal fans will agree with me that they haven’t been up to the par that we expect from Arsenal — I think it’s fair to debate what’s happening at the Emirates Stadium right now.
Vote in the poll below. And share your opinion in the comments. Is Arsenal in a crisis? And, if so, does Arsene Wenger have what it takes to get the Gunners out of it? If it isn’t a crisis, how much time are you willing to give Arsene Wenger to turn things around? In the transfer window this month, what signings (if any) should he make, or which positions does he need to buy players for? I look forward to reading your feedback.