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Poll: Share Your Opinion About What’s Happening at Arsenal

arsene wenger statue Poll: Share Your Opinion About Whats Happening at Arsenal

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.

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44 Responses to Poll: Share Your Opinion About What’s Happening at Arsenal

  1. Arsenic says:

    Hey leave our club alone! This is nothing more than a witch-hunt by the British media against Arsene Wenger. They can’t stand the fact that’s he’s the one who brought a technical European passing to the English league, he introduced modern sports science and dieting for athletes. Now that he is going through a rough patch, people are jumping on the bandwagon in trying to ruffle his feathers. IN WENGER WE TRUST! For all you Arsenal fans who criticize Wenger, you probably only just became fans of the club after they moved to the Emirates. You know nothing about the Keowns, the Vieiras, the Adams, Parlours, Henrys and all the players who made Arsenal great. You probably just heard about the Invincibles but you don’t know the players who played during that time. You can’t even name the starting lineup of the Invincibles. You only started following the club when pansies like Nasri and Van Persie and Wilshere started playing. And gimme a break, a 5 foot 7 player holding midfielder??? Who are we kidding??? Wilshere should be sold to Bolton Wanderers where he excelled. We don’t need him and his skills at the defensive midfield position. We need a big ugly strong player who can stick a leg in there and get the ball back. Someone who plays with grit and isn’t afraid to accumulate bookings. So before criticizing Wenger, learn the history of the club and all the things that Wenger has done for Arsenal and English football. Jealous Brits who couldn’t find an intelligent manager for themselves so they all decide to hunt down a smart, diligent, and industrious Frenchman who’s done nothing but win 3 Premier League trophies, 4 FA Cup trophies and had 2 League and Cup doubles with Arsenal in 97-98 and 01-02.

    • mohamed says:

      all what u write is fine but where r the results >it has been a big fat zero for six long years Managers r judge by the three basic princpal RESULTS <RESULTS<RESULTS

    • Mani T says:

      What you fail to understand is that if we continue like this, failing to win any trophy year on year,refuse to buy one or two star players, long term it will be detrimental to Arsenal fc as a club and brand. We won’t be in a good position to bargain for sponsorship deals, future/ younger generation will associate/ support rival clubs that have star players they look up too as role models….etc… When the finances of a club is bad who do you think suffer the most…THE PAYING FANS..ticket prices will increase at a much faster rate – We are already the most expensive club to watch in the whole of Europe. AW Job is to compete at the top-level and try to win titles(which seems to be getting harder every season) not accounting/ finance . Any true fan should be concern with the way we are going and ask serious questions of the manager regardless of past glory. Before AW there was Arsenal FC and after AW there will still be Arsenal Fc and that is an absolute fact……

      • Mike says:

        You fans are so fickle. What makes you think we deserve a trophy? Trophies are either usually earned but in this day it is a lot easier to just buy them. With the lack of financial backing for Arsene, why do you think we should win anything? Liverpool have spent 100 million pounds since Dalglish was appointed. I still think Arsenal have a better sqaud and will beat them to the top 4. It is not fair to even suggest that a trophy a year is a given unless you are Manchester United. All Arsenal fans should want the players to compete as much as they can and if they fall short, there should be a stadium of 60000 fans waiting to cheer them up. Its fan appreciation that made players like Henry and Vieira a legend. Its for the fans these players want to play for. Why would Van Persie (who would easily fit into any leading team across europe) want to play for us when we boo at him? Arsenal fans at the moment are the worst fans in the world and most of you make me sick. I’ve supported Arsenal through many trophy droughts and I wouldn’t consider this to be a crisis. I’ll admit that this team isn’t the best team we’ve had, there are many weak areas to address. However hearing the same pointless blogs about the defence is driving me insane. Any football enthusiast would realise that the midfield is our biggest concern. We have players who lack vision and the ability to hold onto the ball preventing us from playing our football. We haven’t played good football in a while.

      • lionel says:

        to be honest guys i realy think things are abit in a mess,iv seen this club from the time arsene took over, i mean the first season i watched was the one he became manager in, english footbal b4 then was not televised in malawi, so i have a clear perspective because the only arsenal i knw of is the arsene arsenal, and this i knw to, the policy of the over 31 only oferd a one year contract business is totaly out of order, it let to the leaving of the club by players like robert pires which i think ultimatly lead to the exit of henry, coz lets face it without pires henry would only score half the goals he did, take man united giggs and al the other grandfathers pass on invaluable expiriance to the younger players and let them knw what it means to be a man united player and when they play u can tell they know they playing for man united by their body language, at the moment i am actualy watching the udeneise game and i am uterly disgusted, i dnt even knw if i am watching an arsenal game,in six years the team has changed over completly, there is no one from the glory years playing now, no one who knws what it is to win, just a bunch of players sharpening up thier skills to move on to teams who knw how to win, i always stand by arsene wenger, partly because i hav no idea what would arsenal be without for me without him but boy did he make some big mistakes that will forever haunt the club and its supporters, its like a butterfly effect its just going to get worse, i would appreciate if someone thought otherwise and replyd to this to give me a glimer of hope, seaman, adams , lauren, cole, campbell, pires, viera, gilberto, llumberg,henry,bergkamp…campare these to the guys we got knw and tell me wev moved forward, and dnt tell me its a case of money because all the brilliant players iv mentioned above collectivly cost less than 100 million.im actualy angry now just thinking about it, the truth is right now theres a bunch of eleven wankers spare rvp and ramsey playing a game of football in italy who hav no idea what it is to b a gunner

    • Gooner says:

      Listen.. Ive been an arsenal fan since I can remember, I certainly didn’t start supporting Arsenal after the invincibles, i could tell you their whole squad back then including the reserves and backroom staff.. I know about the Vieiras, Henrys, Pires’, Bergkamps etc.. but what your saying doesnt make any sense. Fair enough the press have overblown the situation but Wenger has changed he isnt producing the sides he used to, we cant just hang on to the invincibles team, Wenger should however reflect and apply that to the current squad. If you claim you know about the invincibles, then youll know how old they all were, and the youngsters we had back then were under the tutelage of our established first teamers (MEN). What about now? Back then Frimpong and Lansbury would be learning from Vieira, Parlour, Edu and Gilberto, but instead they are learning from Wilshere, Song, Ramsey, and Diaby? Chamberlain and Miyaichi should be learning from the likes of Pires and Ljunberg not Walcott (still an inconsistent child) and Arshavin (Average at best nowadays) Bergkamp was in his thirtys but influenced the whole team with his experience, Thierry even admitted Bergkamp made him and the whole team play better (Thierry… The EPLs best ever player)
      If you were to join the club back then you would feel pressured to step up, because you are playing with men. (Vieira, Bergkamp, Pires, Ljungberg, Henry, Campbell, Keown, Parlour, Gilberto, Edu, Wiltord, Kanu, Lauren, Lehmann)… Now..? (Sagna, Vermaelen, van Persie) Arshavin, Squillaci and Chamakh dont count seeing as Arshavin sucks and the other two have been there 1 season.. and also suck.

      Arsenal need to buy men, the idea is that they would grow up together and form a great team of men, but it hasnt worked.. most foreign players are not going to want to spend there whole careers at arsenal. We havent won anything in 6 years and seem to lack ambition whilst also having completely delluded aspirations and projections of the future. You watch Arsene wont properly replace Fabregas or Nasri.. So wel go back 2 steps and wait another 5/6 years for our midfield to peak.

      Oh and by the way.. Sell Wilshere to bolton, we dont need him?…. I can say on behalf of every Gooner out there… Your a f**king idiot

      • J-Goon says:

        Indeed. That one statement discredited his whole argument.

        “Oh and by the way.. Sell Wilshere to bolton, we dont need him?…. I can say on behalf of every Gooner out there… Your a f**king idiot”

      • lionel says:

        who ever u r u knw arsenal, just like i do, i love ur comments, our children r learning from children,well said mate,

      • lionel says:

        to be honest guys i realy think things are abit in a mess,iv seen this club from the time arsene took over, i mean the first season i watched was the one he became manager in, english footbal b4 then was not televised in malawi, so i have a clear perspective because the only arsenal i knw of is the arsene arsenal, and this i knw to, the policy of the over 31 only oferd a one year contract business is totaly out of order, it let to the leaving of the club by players like robert pires which i think ultimatly lead to the exit of henry, coz lets face it without pires henry would only score half the goals he did, take man united giggs and al the other grandfathers pass on invaluable expiriance to the younger players and let them knw what it means to be a man united player and when they play u can tell they know they playing for man united by their body language, at the moment i am actualy watching the udeneise game and i am uterly disgusted, i dnt even knw if i am watching an arsenal game,in six years the team has changed over completly, there is no one from the glory years playing now, no one who knws what it is to win, just a bunch of players sharpening up thier skills to move on to teams who knw how to win, i always stand by arsene wenger, partly because i hav no idea what would arsenal be without for me without him but boy did he make some big mistakes that will forever haunt the club and its supporters, its like a butterfly effect its just going to get worse, i would appreciate if someone thought otherwise and replyd to this to give me a glimer of hope, seaman, adams , lauren, cole, campbell, pires, viera, gilberto, llumberg,henry,bergkamp…campare these to the guys we got knw and tell me wev moved forward, and dnt tell me its a case of money because all the brilliant players iv mentioned above collectivly cost less than 100 million.im actualy angry now just thinking about it, the truth is right now theres a bunch of eleven wankers spare rvp and ramsey playing a game of football in italy who hav no idea what it is to b a gunner

    • Taylor says:

      Just curious. How long have you been watching Arsenal ?

  2. Brian says:

    IF (and it’s a big if) we were without injuries and suspensions right now I think there’d be less fear abounding. We’d still need someone to replace Cesc but that’s really it. And we need to go back to a 4-4-2 with Theo playing upfront with RVP. Arsenal do not have a target striker (like a Drogba) for the formation they’ve been playing IMHO.

  3. Arsenal Future Manager says:

    What We Need:
    # Scott Dann:
    ”Vermaelen & Koscielny” are the starters for me, their partnership is great, we never conceded until he went off and we got a red card, ”Dann” will act as a back up along with ”Djourou” for ”KOZZI-VERMA”,
    Which means: (Kozzi-Verma) (Djourou-Dann) (Bartley-Miquel) Defence would be settled.

    # Jan Vertonghen:
    Now we lack a squad player who can play in different positions remember (Eboue), ”Vertonghen” can be that man he can play at CB/LB/RB/DM/LW…. he is basically a very good utility player who could fight for a first team spot.

    # Eden Hazard or Juan Mata:
    We need a Winger that can; take players on, Cut in, shoot or cross.

    # Mauro Zarate(If the rumours are true):
    We need a back up for RVP; a player that is hungry for goals and will always stay in the box.
    ————————————————————————————
    OH YH WE DON’T WANT CAHILL.
    ————————————————————————————

    ———– Szcz?sny
    Sagna – Kozzi – Verma – Gibbs
    ——– Song – Wilshere
    ——– Nasri/Ramsey —- Hazard/Mata
    ————– RVP

    • Arsenal Future Manager says:

      loooool Forgot about Walcot, no wonder it looked weird.

    • Jake Islas says:

      I agree, with everything except that you want to keep starting Koscielny. He’s not good enough. Yes, he has improved and is our best option RIGHT NOW but he’s not good enough for the team Arsenal should be. We can’t settle for too many little mistakes that lose precious pts throughout the season.

      I definitely think we need Mata and if Wenger is gonna let Chelsea swoop him up I think that’s the straw that breaks the camels back. We can’t let our best players leave and then let another rival snatch up our best replacement so Wenger can be frugal. It’s disgusting and infuriating. The money is there and it’s definitely crisis mode so I don’t understand what he’s waiting for. Hopefully, this rant of mine becomes dated and we pick up some good players and have no excuses come deadline day, but I’m seriously worried he’s gonna stick with this squad.

      Btw I really think we need Jan Vertonghen, that would be an excellent pickup. I signed him on FIFA haha.

      • Mike says:

        How do you know the money is there? Are you a treasurer for Arsenal Football Club? Stupid fan. Don’t assume the club has money and don’t assume it is Arsene Wenger who is being over cautious. Do you not remember the days when he would spend big on players? It may not seem a lot now but 10 million for a player 12 yeas ago is a big sum. I’m sure if Wenger went to Real Madrid he would spend hundreds of millions of pounds on players. It is not beneficial to the board for Arsene to spend 12 million on a player he could get for 3 or 30 million for someone he could get for 10. It is the boards pocket who is lined with the profit every year, not Arsene. Fool.

        • The Gaffer says:

          Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is worth, according to Forbes, an estimated $2.6 billion. Arsenal has the money if he wants to spend a portion of it.

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

          • Jake Islas says:

            exactly. not to mention the 30-40 mil that was said was available when the season ended, plus the sale of Fabregas, Clichy, and potentially Nasri. Players are needed, it’s not a case of buy just for the sake of buying. They haven’t spent much in past transfer windows compared to the rest of the top 4-5, but now is the time.

            Mike, your math is flawed and what kind of players do you want him to buy worth 3-4 mil? This isn’t 10 years ago and Arsenal can’t control the way the marked is inflated now, but the money is there and quality is needed.

            It’s apparent to everyone who isn’t a blind follower of Wenger holding onto the glory days. Football is a business and if you’re a top club you have to think and act like a top club and that is for results. Otherwise you won’t be a top club. Stop thinking with your heart.

  4. Nuclear_Dog says:

    I have been religiously following Arsenal for over ten years, and will continue to do so, rain, shine, or f5 tornado. For the past handful of years I have watched Arsenal play in the same manner season after season with no sign of improvement. The problem is quite simple, in my opinion. They don’t have the right mindset when attacking. Nor do they have the right mindset when crunch time comes in games where they must hold a lead, or dig out a goal. They don’t have the right mindset when they lose possession. They don’t have the right mindset when the season is winding to a close and everything hurts; fatigue has set in, in a seemingly permanent state. It’s not like they’re doing nothing, of course. They play the game and play it well, they just can’t seem to push themselves enough to get to the next level where their attack could be a degree harder to defend, their defense a degree harder to break, their willingness to out dig the other team for 95 full, unrelenting minutes, and for 38 bone crunching, exhaustion infused games, is a degree more than the spirit of the other team can handle.

    Perhaps Vela is the best definition of the problem. The young man is more concerned with his social life than the means to it. His compatriot at the top of the table has a different outlook than Carlos, and it shows. Is Chicharito more talented than Vela? From indications over the years from friends I know who closely follow their beloved tri-colores, Vela has the better talent, ability, and potential. So what gives? The whole team is, to varying degrees, similar in mindset, in my opinion. Not concerned enough with digging in. Performing beyond their ability. Performing for each other and for their manager, for their fans and for their club. Instead, perhaps, they’re simply performing for their paycheck, which they’ve earned, of course, but so what. They are quite capable of being the kings of Europe. Of standing toe to toe with Barca, as the first leg of their Champion’s League series with them last season proved. They are quite capable of making a run of 3, 4, or even 5 straight Premier League championships, of lifting the Champions League Trophy more than once, of being the first team to ever win a back to back treble. They are! I’m sure of it. But they have to want to do it. They have to attack, and attack, and attack again, leaving their opponents unbalanced in an unrelenting manner that could be the stuff of millionaire footballers’ nightmare.

  5. trickybrkn says:

    I want more socialist football.

  6. Evan says:

    As a City fan I voted that I was very optimistic. ;)

  7. Khal says:

    We have a very good squad. Wilshere can easy fill in for fabregas. We have a very talented group of youngsters. People were doubting our current number 1, but he looks world class as of now. Emmanuel Frimpong is a very good holding midfielder, his only problem is the inexperienced aggressiveness which will be solved once hes older. We also have alex oxlaid chamb who will take care of this wings and plenty more. People are focusing on the players that are going out, but they dont recognize the young talent we already have in surplus supply. In 2-3 years, i do see a number of trophies coming in. We just hit a hard reset button. sorry for my english

  8. Todd says:

    First thing’s first: address the stupid, needless cards which ultimately lead to suspensions. This is a problem I’ve noticed over the last few seasons. Guys can’t seem to keep a cool head, and get into it like thugs. Song, Wilshere, Diaby, and now Gervinho & Frimpong all come to mind.

    Play hard, play fair, and recognize when you’re on a yellow.

    And to touch on the injuries, I cannot comprehend why it seems season after season we struggle with them. Rotten luck is one thing, but there is a fundamental problem at the root of them. Damned if I know what it is though. It’s all these hamstring and muscle pulls that make you wonder if the lads are stretching well enough or their diet needs altering. In any case, no matter the state of the club, I trust in Wenger, and I live to watch the boys play every week.

  9. Pete says:

    Hilarious! Wenger now says Nasri loves the club!! … he said the same about Fab before he left, and last week said it about Van Persie. Doesn’t Wenger realise the players are leaving BECAUSE of him? So we can assume RVP will be next out the door. They no longer believe or have faith in him. After six years of excuses and bollocks, nor do I.

    To the business at hand… If, as looks increasingly, likely Wenger refuses to bring in at the least two solid centre backs and one tough defensive midfielder he should be sacked. We should resign ourselves to a mediocre season, approach someone likes Moyes of Everton, give him a hefty transfer budget and a year to sort out the squad..
    Get rid of Rosicky, Arshavin and the other non-triers, and move on.

    • Mani T says:

      Couldn’t agree more on your first point …these players leave because they feel that there is lack of ambition at the club( and for money too) . The flaw about AW policy is that the players bought as youth to understand the philosophy of the club don’t stay to once experienced enough. Two years ago he said that the team was almost ready to win a major trophy …in that time, Fabregas, Clichy,eboue,soon nasri,vela,bentner, denilson have all left or loaned out….you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that the policy is not working for us as a club…

    • Fog says:

      I think Arsène is smoking some stash left over from my college days (1960′s)!! I need a pair of those rose colored glasses he sees the world through, I would not be so concerned about my 401K going down the tubes.

  10. West Coast says:

    Can we please be objective here. First off, as much as I have been a supporter of Wenger, at some point you need to be honest in the evaluation of what got us in this position. Bottom line is AW’s reluctance to buy seasoned quality professionals to compliment so many youngsters in the Arsenal squad. You simply cannot continue to buy 16 year old year after year, and wait for them to mature. All we heard as fans , and this is directly from Wenger, was before last years World Cup was that all the transfers would be completed before the tournament began. Can someone please ring Emirates and let him know the tournament is now completed ! Sorry to be so bold, but to let someone like Stekelenburg go to Roma for less than 9 million, and not even make an attempt to sign him is ridiculous. This would have solidified the keeper position for years to come. I for one, and tired of hoping someone from the kid crop will step forward. We lost too many games in recent years due to very costly misjudgments from the keeper. As much as I may like Sszczesnyy, he is not strong enough to run the back, nor does he intimidate opposing forwards in the box. One step in front look at the defense. How pathetic. Could we find any more short, unimposing players from the continent to be on the back line? Mertesacker has been linked for how many summers with Arsenal? There are so many experienced, quality players who could come in and make an immediate impact, not cost a fortune, but Wenger will staunchly defend his purchases all the way to May and a mid-table finish. That is exactly where we are now headed without reinforcements. He has had all summer to complete player acquisitions, but chooses to sit back and make ridiculous offers for players he well knows are worth more than he offers. Bottom line is, stop complaining about other teams evaluations when you did the exact same thing to Barcelona when they came knocking for Cesc. Stop arguing with other coaches, referees, and now UEFA, and get back to your main objective, secure new players. You are tarnishing a well deserved reputation with the behavior all seem to see, but no one at Arsenal appears willing to step up to you. Please, buy someone already, and hopefully we won’t have to hear excuses week after week. By the way, if you crash out next week in the CL, the money you will loose, could have bought you all the players you have already seen sign with your rivals. as much as I cannot stand Stir Alex, kudos for strengthening, oh that’s right, the League Champions. Time is slipping away, and I am afraid so is Arsenes grip on reality.

  11. Dlink04 says:

    Two articles about arsenal in one day, gaffer give it a rest

  12. Frank joseph says:

    Wenger should pls get cahill or samba so that arsenal can have a replacement if any any have injury, and also try and get mate and hazard to make the midfield strong, this my only way i think arsenal will be arsenal, and pls wanger i notis something over the six season arsenal without medal, the problem i think is almunia since he become arsenal goalkepper. Pls never play him again, sale hin out i think he is course to arsenal pls

  13. V says:

    Wenger, it’s time to go…
    The game has evolved and you have not. The squad has no depth and it’s hard to see kids like Miquel and Jenkinson carry the reigns at the back. That was the squad you had against a tough opposition like Liverpool?!? Understandably, you’ve had a bad run with injuries, but it illustrates the point of the lack of depth.

    Even the largest teams don’t pay top $$$ for good players. Mata slipped through your fingers, who’s going to be next?!?
    Europe is full of top quality players who are both up and coming, or seasoned stars.
    Sahin for example didn’t really cost mountains of money for Real, and AC Milan bought some experience into their squad in the form of Van Bommell to ground their midfield.
    One could argue Wenger should look at AC Milan, who had a very successful campaign last season, yet are struggling to compete in the financial stakes. They would arguably be be in a tougher financial position than the Gunners.

    If there are to be changes, it’s time for the era of Wenger to end.
    This lack of tactfulness in the transfer market it hurting the Gunners and reinforcements are needed. The players who are the injured cornerstones need to have competition and feel pressure to fight for their position, and the younger kids will step up to show they are on the same level, or worthy of playing alongside a Mata (if forthcoming), a Mertersaker (if forthcoming), an RVP, or similar.
    Oh well, call me when Arsene grows a pair, and when this season is over…it’s going to be a long one!
    Time to shift my attention to my other teams.
    //rant over

  14. Gaz Hunt says:

    As a Liverpool supporter, it’s hard to say it but this is just a small blip.

    They’ll be fine and will still be competing for one of those top spots this season. It’s an unlucky time right now but they’re a quality squad (even without the recent departures) and have an amazing manager to compensate for any small problems that arise.

    The most optimistic thing about Arsenal is that they continue to sprint towards debt pay-off.

  15. Guy says:

    I don’t have enough information to criticize Wenger. Do we know for a fact that he actually has money to spend? Arsenal may be loaded, but if the boys in the boardroom aren’t going to give Arsene the money, then he can’t spend it, can he?

    Arsenal may be all right or they may completely implode. Think I’ve got my bases covered. ;-)

  16. Saif the Eternal Gooner says:

    Ok now hold up. Why is everyone against Arsenal and wenger ? Why is no one on liverpool’s backs. they are running into their sixth season without a trophy. I can’t see any talk about them considering the magnitude of the talks about arsenal when we were running into our sixth year. And you knOw, those anfield scumbags won’t bag anything this season, believe me. Why only us ? ScrutiniZe those red buffoons ! Their last major, FA Cup, our last major, FA CuP. Next year CL final and also we were in the CL final a year after our FA Cup success. NO matter how promising they look they are trophyless and will remain so. So back off. Stop making a mountain out of OUR mole hill.

    • Everyone has accepted that liverpool are now an average team and winning any trophy for them is overachieving also there former owners are the cause of them not winning trophies as for Arsenal people get on there back because we are supposed to be a top side and top sides are supposed to win trophies which have haven’t done the move to the emirates.

  17. Saif the Eternal Gooner says:

    I reckon we will see about 2-3 signings by next Sunday. With his defensive injury issues, he’ll probably get samba or Dann, and maybe a midfielder like Hazard or Valbuena.

  18. james the Nova says:

    With Arse Anal Its Always a matter of “If”… “If” there weren’t Injuries. “If” we could sign this player. “If” we stopped passing the ball to the net. Face It, Arse Anal will not win a Trophy Until Arse Wenger Beefs Up His Squad With Experience And Talent. You can’t win cups with the likes of Squillaci on board. Sign Players that Improve The Squad, Not Expanding It.

  19. Mero says:

    Arsene is a very good manager. However, he lacks transition in teams. His biggest mastake is that he did not leave veteran players to shadow up comers throughout their progressive stages. All great consesstant teams have players on them that were raised in the club and will retire in that club. In every league. It’s called identity of a club. Man u. Giggs. Paul s. Milan. Maldini. Barca : all of them. Any big team will have those players. Not arsenal. Veira played with man city for tge love of god !!!

  20. Jay says:

    Arsene must go!
    He is responsible for a string of abysmal signings (Bendtner, Squillaci, Reyes, Chamakh, Eboue, Denilson etc). He has sold two (soon to be three) of our top players to Manchester City, who, partly due to this, are now in a position to help knock Arsenal out of the top four. When interviewed, his dishonesty and lack of really addressing the questions has become tiresome. His has refused to buy replacements for players he has let go. He has refused to buy players to strengthen obvious weaknesses in the team. Really, I don’t understand why people think he should stay?

  21. Joe says:

    As much as I would love for Arsenal to finish mid-table (COYS), I think we need a little perspective here. It was just last year that people were talking about the possibility of Liverpool being relegated. And speaking of wantaway stars, remember Wayne “Man U doesn’t match my ambitions” Rooney? There’s a tendency to be shrill and overreact. It drives up page views – look at how many comments are here already from one overnight period? Even with all their issues, can you really think of anyone other than Man U, Man City, and Chelsea, and possibly Liverpool who could be better than Arsenal right now? Liverpool hardly looked impressive yesterday, and Chelsea hasn’t looked so hot either. I think Arsenal will definitely be competitive for top three. Whether that’s enough to appease their whiny supporters I don’t know, but all this disaster talk will be a distant memory by Christmas.

  22. Efrain says:

    Someone made a good point on injuries. Are they all bad luck, or could it be a sign of something else that is wrong? Something in the training or diets?

    I have only followed them for 5 years, so my knowledge is definitely not as extensive as many on this forum. So I have a question….

    Does the club have incentives for its players to play well, other than the trophies? A bonus for each goal scored? To the scorer and whomever assisted? A bonus for each goal saved? A bonus for each ball stolen from opposing player? A fine for red cards? A bonus for each player that was on pitch for a match that was won (based on percentage of time on pitch)? Etc., etc. Incentives for the players to want to do well. Is having cash incentives a bad thing? Is this a good form of motivation? Does it take away from the spirit of the game? Do other teams do this?

    I consistently see player injuries (see first note above), and young players bred to play at high level then leaving to other clubs, no incentive to want to stay. Would cash incentives help with players abandoning ship? Am I way off base here? Do they do this already?

  23. Phil Sandifer says:

    I will say that it’s increasingly sounding like Arsenal will hold Nasri to January and sell him then. Which is probably a smart way of handling that.

  24. micheal says:

    you see all our fans are not happy mainly because there is know good player know good signing know compitition even we have nothing.i can only advice wenger to sign good player.now let’s take a look at mata,mata as move to chelsea.and again know replacement of defender, attacker,even at the centre.wenger you better sign some great playmaker.

  25. james says:

    ravished!!

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