Blog by: Sagar
The news of fan unrest about the current condition of English Premier League giants Arsenal – and their long-serving manager Arsene Wenger – is a well documented fact.
Supporter groups have gone on to suggest that Wenger’s contract renewal should be put on hold till he shows any activity in the transfer market. But the record so far suggests one away loss and few close misses when it comes to the transfer market. That cannot be termed as a major ‘crisis’ and revival seems to be just round the corner for the legendary London outfit.
The loss to Aston Villa on the very first day of the season was an unexpected result and it resulted in widespread unrest among the fans of the club. They made themselves heard during the match when the team was booed due to their lacklustre performance and the manager’s lack of activity in the summer transfers.
But that was the only slip up in the season so far. The matches following that have wielded good results for the team with an away victory against Fulham and a comprehensive two-legged victory against Turkish opponents Fenerbache. The team is providing results and it is a little harsh to judge the manager who has managed the club for 16 years on one single result.
The transfer activity of Arsenal has been a major talking point of the football media with the lack of business fueling the debate. The only business of the summer till now remains the signing of French youngster Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre on a free transfer.
The need for transfers are quite critical as the club has sold or released seventeen players from their roster and that puts them in a spot of bother in case of any injuries and squad depth. But the efforts are clearly visible when it comes to pursuing world class players to bolster the squad.
Arsenal narrowly missed out on the signing of Luis Gustavo from the German champions Bayern Munich. On the other hand, Liverpool seems determined to hold on to their want-away striker Luis Suarez for whom the Gunners made multiple bids.
But there is still time remaining in the transfer market and if we believe Wenger, there are more than one transfers waiting for the Arsenal fans in the summer transfer market. The names doing the rounds are Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Julio Cesar and Yohan Cabaye to name a few. So it seems that the club is more than capable of holding onto their heritage and provide great results this season.
The team boasts of a bunch of British youngsters namely like Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey who are key to the future of the club and the management has shown their believe by offering them long term contracts at the beginning of this season. The team is also looking to provide promising results by the help of last year’s recruits like Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Nacho Monreal who are quite happy in the club and are pumped up for glory. The able leadership of Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta along with this young and vibrant side makes the Gunners a title contender in the English Premier League.
Wenger is looking to include a world class striker, a playmaker and also a goalkeeper to boost the team and it can help the team achieve the depth and ability which the fans are dreaming about. The able management of Arsene Wenger has seen the team provide great results in the pre season and it can be expected that the team will be a serious contender for both the league and cup titles.
The next test for the Gunners is the prestigious North London Derby where they face old foes Tottenham in a clash of titans and it will be the first major test for the Gunners this season. But as of now, the so called ‘crisis’ is nowhere to be seen.