Another season, another failure. That’s what I can conclude from Arsenal’s performance last season. Despite the FA Cup trophy for the 12th times, our poor form in the league and Champions League should be concerned. For the first time in Wenger’s managerial, Arsenal finished the season outside the big 4. Arsenal finished 5th, it means we lost our chance to compete in 2017-18 Champions League. Another horrible fact, there were no more St. Totteringham’s Day for the first time in 22 years, as Spurs finished 2nd in the league table. In the Champions League, the same old story happened. Seven consecutive seasons, Arsenal’s campaign in the Champions League must ended in Round of 16. Arsenal was met Bayern Munchen for the third time in this round, but this one was the worst. Ten goals scored against Arsenal, five goals in each leg. We only could scored twice, one goal in each leg. So the final result was 10-2 for the Bavarian, a result that was very ashaming. No wonder, there have been so much rumours about Arsenal’s biggest player wanted to leave, such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. I pretty sure, both of them don’t want to play in Europa League.
We move to 2017-18 season. Before the season start, Arsenal bought two players. The German-born Bosnian Sead Kolasinac from Schalke 04 and the Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyon. Both of them bought for 47.5 million euros and Lacazette became Arsenal’s all-time most expensive player. Inconsistency is the main problem this season. Losing against small teams and some players have difficulty in converting chances. Arsenal kicked out in the 3rd round of FA Cup, despite our status as the defending champion. The departure of Alexis and Mesut is becoming more than a rumour. Some medias told that they rejected the new contract offered. Two Manchester team is where they will join, said the media, either this winter or next summer. And there is still no huge activity for Arsenal in winter transfer window. Arsenal only bought one player, Konstantinos Mavropanos, a Greek-centre back youngster. Yes, I must admit that Arsenal is lacking of centre back, as Koscielny is injured, both Chambers and Holding play horribly, and Monreal is injured too.
No expenditure for strikers or midfielder, seriously? Alexis is about 99% leaving and Mesut also has a big chance of leaving, yet it’s not as big as Alexis. Should we play Iwobi for the left flank, or Walcott that have been mocked along the season? Or another youngsters, another experiments? What do you want, old Frenchman? What I can conclude is, Arsenal is playing the same style, in the same form, from season to another. But, what the difference is, the other 19 teams in the Premier League get better every season. That’s why although we compared Arsenal’s total point from previous season to last season is not too far different, Arsenal’s rank is moving down.
The hashtag #WengerOut spread widely in the social media, asking Arsenal’s managerial change that has been held by the same person for 21 years. Carlo Ancelotti, as reported by some media, will be the Arsene’s successor. We all know that Ancelotti has won the 2013-14 Champions League with Real Madrid, also he was the man behind Bayern Munchen slaughtered Arsenal 10-2 last season. Will he can continue his good result in managing team? I hope so. Team #WengerOut
Thepragive out. See you next time.