Well, not many people would have seen that scoreline coming. While pretty much every pundit in the land predicted an Arsenal defeat, I don’t think anyone expected an 8-2 scoreline. It was a fantastic game to watch for the neutrals and highlighted how good Premier League games can be at times. I don’t think Arsenal will have enjoyed it one bit and surely this can leave no one in any doubt as to the current gulf between themselves and the Champions.
Yes, Arsenal were missing a number of first team regulars but football today is a squad game, and currently Arsenal’s isn’t good enough. You have to remember that this was also a relatively inexperienced Manchester united side, with the main difference being that Sir Alex did his transfer business very early in the window, and bought quality. Ashley Young’s two goals were sublime and Phil Jones looked solid at the back.
I think the hardest part of this for the Arsenal fans to accept is Wenger’s stubbornness. His refusal to admit that his squad is flawed, and that his masterplan might not be working. Surely yesterday’s defeat can leave him in no doubt that he needs to act quickly, otherwise this season could easily be the worst in Arsenal’s recent history.
Everyone knew at the end of last season that both Fabregas and Nasri would most likely be sold. Why Arsenal waited until late August to do both deals is baffling and now leaves them just two days to find the much needed new blood to bring life back to the club.
Let’s not forget that Arsenal fans spend by far the most per game to watch their team play, how much longer will they be willing to pay the premium if the club aren’t prepared to do the same? Aside from the lack of transfer fees paid, Arsenal’s wage structure is also reported to be much lower than their rivals. If Arsenal weren’t prepared to offer the wages that Manchester City or Barcelona put up, then who can blame Nasri and Fabregas for leaving?
Robin Van Persie is also in the last two years of his contract, come next summer will Arsenal be in exactly the same situation as they were with Nasri? At the moment why would he want to stay?
The next few days will be vital for Wenger and although he may have convinced himself that he is still the right man for the job, he now surely realises that he has to convince the pundits and most importantly the loyal Arsenal fans.