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Arsenal Wont Win Anything Unless Changes Are Made

By Minal Vachheta

Some may say it is too soon to make the above statement, however I don’t think it is too soon to say that Arsenal’s title hopes are over. Only 6 games have been played in the Premier League so far but the writing is on the wall; the Gunners started the season with a difficult draw with Liverpool which is understandable as it is always a tough fixture at Anfield. They bounced back from the difficult start with three consecutive wins, two of which were comfortable and one which was again a struggle. During this time it did seem as if Arsenal were good enough to be a strong contender in the title race this season. They followed this excellent run by dropping two points against Sunderland, with nothing against Sunderland I have to say the game should have been a lot easier than it was but no Arsenal made a mess of it and they clawed back a goal in the last minutes of the game.

Yesterday’s game has been the biggest shock of the season so far, but I can safely say it is probably not the last. Arsenal were favourites to win the game, West Brom had a good midweek game but so did the Gunners. The Reds are one of the league heavyweights with a line up of top world class players, grouped with Chelsea and Manchester United and the tie at the Emirates should technically have been an easy one.

Are Arsenal going to win the league?

My honest answer to this is no they aren’t going to win the league. The competition from Chelsea and Man Utd is too strong and their teams are more developed than the Arsenal one. Every season Arsenal say they are going to fight for the league but inconsistent performances show otherwise. I know all teams have off days but the number of points that the Gunners drop is unacceptable and not something champions do.

Yes the team has major injury issues at present with Cesc Fabregas, Thomas Vermaelan, Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott injured who are major players in the attack. Cesc holds the midfield together giving it its strength. Walcott and Van Persie are extremely valuable attacking players and Walcott’s speed was definitely missing and Vermaelan is a rock in the defence and his guidance was sorely missed.

However if Arsenal want to be taken seriously in the title race they need to be able to play without injured players, they need to make sure that the players who are fit can perform instead. They cannot blame injuries because they are a part of the game and all teams get them, they also can’t rely on certain players.

What makes Chelsea and Man Utd so good? They have players to step in for their missing ones and are just as confident. They have enough players to put out two first class players at any given time.

What next?

Arsene Wenger needs to do the club a favour and bring in a new goalkeeper during the transfer window, no matter how much Almunia pledges that he is fit to be no.1 he has proved on numerous occasions that this clearly is not the case. The second and third goals were scored by West Brom because of his mistakes and bad decisions. A strong and experienced midfielder needs to be brought in to give it more definition, and stop opponents getting through. The most important thing is to get a goalkeeper and working on the consistency or Arsenal have no chance of winning any silverware.



  1. Simon

    September 27, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Any real Arsenal supporter should ignore ur comment and just flash them down the drain, im in Kenya in Africa and if i dnt care about ur opinion i dnt think guys in england do too. Viva Arsenal.

    • squirel

      September 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

      retard. people like u are the reason no improvements are made at arsenal.. the problem is evident. even u can see it. but u just wnt to act like everything is okay…i mean can u be any dumber? constructive critism is needed for change to be made. and dont u dare say that change isnt needed coz 5 years without a trophy says otherwise.

  2. Jeremy

    September 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I blame Wenger’s attacking philosophy.When the gunners attack,everyone bar the goalie,joins in.They then start passing god know how many times around the box. When the attack inevitably breaks down,a swift counter from defence to attack catches the gunner defence flat footed.
    In one on one situation without any backup,the gunner defender is easily sent sprawling to the ground and there you have the goal gaping.These scenarios have been repeated especially with regard to MU in the epl and cl matches and against Chelsea in the epl.Is it any wonder Rooney and Drogba delight in playing against the gunners?Or for that matter the Hull manager clasping at thin air when his side scored the winning goal when Arsenal had many chances to score but spurn them?
    Make no mistake. A repeat performance against Chelsea will sent the Emirates faithfuls into serious mourning.

    • squirel

      September 27, 2010 at 11:20 am

      diude NOW that is the most brilliant view in the whole page. another problem is that any thiong arsenal, be it the coaching staff or fans dont take any constructive critism

  3. antoine

    September 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Very premature and way too early to say that imo….Both Chelsea and Man U suffered the same problem. I believe our squad is just as strong as those two if not stronger… This overreaction to a loss is ridiculous. It’s just one of those freak games…look at the stats we had 65% of possession, 28 shots on goal…yet we lost, it’s just one of those things, the unpredictability of footie is why we love the game so much… Come on the GUNNERS and get behind the team.

  4. Mick

    September 27, 2010 at 10:23 am

    The usual media nonsense.You also could argue that Man U have thrown points away in precisely the same way as Arsenal have so far this season and consequently have no chance of becoming champions, so your biased analysis is shown to be flawed immediately. As regards injuries, yes all teams suffer but for some reason Arsenal seem to suffer the worst and have done for the last three seasons. They are missing their complete outfield spine at the moment, their best defender, best midfielder and best attacker all at the same time. Fabregas and Van Persie have played one complete league game between them so far and Vermaelan two so bearing that in mind I think their points total is acceptable. Lets make an intelligent assessment after a few more games rather than a sensationalist knee jerk reaction after a freak result. They had an off day, so did Chelsea and so did Man U yesterday.

    • squirel

      September 27, 2010 at 11:00 am

      Diude, thats a dumb assessment. i’m an arsenal supporter, ride or die, but i ddont just follow blindly. the reason we lose a lot of key players is because we play a lot of ping pong on the ground making us easy targets. why the hell do they need to make 35 passes before scoring the goal is not km away. that is why we get hurt… Again, we should have good players on the bench who can at least play as well as the wat u are saying is utter nonsense

  5. okunlola Olaniyi Saheed

    September 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

    there are no two ways about being champions it simply means killing games off why in God’s name will a team like Westbrom lead a chelsea team 3-0 at Standford or Man United at Old Trafford. Only Arsenal takes such none sense. The league is GONE this season, Wenger is not ready for business he is just a clawn

  6. squirel

    September 27, 2010 at 10:48 am

    i honestly dont think Almunia is too much of a problem… We are always quick to blame him but we forget wat he is also capable of (barca’s champions league game, case in point). the problem with arsenal is that they have no plan B and their defensive strategy sucks. No big team calls it goalie to duty as much as Arsenal does. if u look at barca, Valdez is not the best goalie by miles in la liga but we don’t notice is because his defence is so good. Wenger has no plan B wat so eva. that is why everyone is playing a physical game against us.

    Wenger has to change his ways first then if almunia is still kak, we change goalie.

    • Danny Boy

      September 28, 2010 at 7:50 am

      You don’t think Almunia’s a problem? You’ve had a go at nearly everyone commenting on this article calling them stupid and then you say you don’t think Almunia’s the problem? Sorry but what a complete idiot. There was nothing Samir Nasri, Arshavin, Song, Koscielny or anybody else could have done about West Brom’s second goal, it was the goalkeeper’s job and he failed, just like he failed against United last season and many other games in his miserable career.

      No defence can be confident with a crap keeper behind them.You may be an Arsenal fan “ride or die” as you say but you’re a dickhead!

      • bingo

        September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

        i agree with squirel. u are the jizz stain. how the f!@# does barca defence stay confident with a keeper like valdez. he is shittier than almunia. now tell me this Danny girl. is Alminia responsible for all the counter attacks that hurt arsenal last season? and u speak about only 1 goal. 3 were scored u anus. and get ur english proper. dude said he is not entirely the problem…bloody bust nut

      • mphoza

        September 29, 2010 at 10:17 am

        man u’re stupid…read this

        After that eat dirt, sh!t mud and fart dust u douche bag

        • Danny Boy

          September 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

          • mphoza

            September 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

            every keeper has such a dossier u moron…even superkeepers like Van DS and Chec. but u have to see that Almunia had done more heroic acts than blunders…. by the way 4 a guy who’s keen on taking on 3 guyz, i’d swear u were the cocksucker, hey Danny Girl.

            U’re not retarded or autistic are u Danny.

          • mphoza

            September 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

            come to think of it danny girl u have been mentionning dicks a little to much

            • George

              September 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

              Guy u’re funny. but seriously speaking, Almunia isnt a bad keeper but he isnt the best either. but our defence is just to adventurous but they can’t fall back fast enough on fast breaks, and that Danny Girl(that just cracks me up) u cant blane Almunia for. we Do need to change our keeper, but for now, i think our defensive strategy should be our first concern.
              So i guess i partially agree with squirel and the others.

              Sorry Danielle

              • Danny Boy

                September 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

                Danny girl cracks you up, you need to get out more mate.

                The truth is Almunia makes more individual errors than any of our rivals’ keepers and yes our defence isn’t great but like most commentators have said, Arsenal wont win anything with a crap keeper between the sticks. Liverpool’s defence isn’t great but they still concede fewer goals than us. Just think about it

                Also, mphoza, you may want to learn how to spell before you start commenting!

                When you say “heroic acts” do you mean saves?

  7. Ang

    September 27, 2010 at 11:59 am

    wenger should buy more defense players he can start with hangeland since we have so much money to splash
    and he must buy a good goal keeper and one outstanding striker
    Van persie is now injury prone so as bendtner

  8. Ang

    September 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Almunia must be replaced in january when the window opens and we must one great striker like ibrahimovic and one centre back , i would say nevan subotic or hangeland either one of them and one attacking midfielder like arda turan which can leave our option open for champions league

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