West Ham ended Arsenal’s Premier League win hopes during last weekends match drawing 3-3. This was then followed up with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.
Now Arsenal has slipped further down in points from league leaders Leicester and Tottenham Hotspurs. With thirteen points behind league leaders and with six games remaining, The Gunners continue to another cupless season. Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s long-serving manager, is becoming more frustrated as fans continue calling for his resignation.
The Frenchman however, remains adamant that he will carry on as manager until the end of his contract in 2017.
It seems like Wenger wants a chance of winning another cup before leaving and below we highlight the things that need addressing if the Gunners are to win in the coming season:
The team seemed to become overconfident after Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s goals put them ahead. This attitude seems to get shattered as soon as a goal is let in. High flying confidence is great however keeping composure after being scored against is something the team needs to work on and is critical when playing professional football.
If Wenger doesn’t address the rampant psychological fragility in his camp now, he will retire without having won any major cup in almost a decade. And awful end to a long serving career.
Working on The Finishing
Giroud, Sanchez, Ramsey and Walcott are all guilty of dismal finishing all season long. They keep on spurning goal-scoring chances and is a frustrating trend given the number of scoring opportunity each player has amassed so far.
Statistics show the Gunners have 15 more clear cut chances in the 2015/2016 season more than any other team. They have also missed 61 times which is more misses than any other team currently playing.
Welbeck’s return to the fold after suffering an injury has impacted the team positively, but Arsenal still lacks a high standing finisher.
It’s also unfortunate that Arsene Wenger is still unwilling to break bank for superb finishers such as Gonzalo and Luis Suarez who are excellent in their respected clubs. For a cup win, Wenger will have to think outside the box and bring in the big guns!
The Much Needed Transfers
Arsene Wenger’s transfer strategy is wanting. As much as he spends big on signings with Sanchez and Ozil, Arsenal is yet to sign an outfield player, what’s worrying is the fact that this is an occurrence that Wenger has repeated numerous times before.
To win the EPL or even have chances in the Champions League football betting pool, Wenger’s transfer strategy needs to change. He should start by kicking off his habit of revealing players he almost signed and should instead work with his technical team to get the players he wants.
He should also liaise with his scouts to sign up players that will change the Gunners tidings in the next transfer window.
With any luck, we will see whether Egyptian Mohamed Elneny was a wise addition to the arsenal squad come next season.
On An Ending Note
Wenger will decide whether he will leave Arsenal in glory or shame come 2017. The ball is squarely in his corner, and all he has to do is make the above changes. We wait to see what action he will take!
By Daniel Kay