Arsene Wenger has come under a lot of pressure from Arsenal fans recently but after watching today’s performance against Newcastle it’s hard not to see that some of the players who put on an Arsenal shirt are just not upto it, or worse believe their own hype.
The only player who I thought had a decent game and tried to make things happen was Gael Clichy – and he’s our left back!
We know Arsene won’t throw tea cups or even shout at his players but it’s clear this current Arsenal squad doesn’t have enough winners. Players who will fight on the pitch and have that fire inside them to win.
I’m not sure that a lot of these players have this winning mentality.
Too many off these players have no problem in motivating themselves for games against Manchester United and Chelsea but they’re not interested if it’s against Everton, Newcastle or Sheffield United.
They only perform in big games because they know that’s where the glamour is. There’s no attraction or headline-making stories when you beat a Watford or Charlton Athletic.
Okay, we’re fourth in the table and don’t have anything to play for but Bolton Wanderers and Everton aren’t exactly a million miles away in threatening the final Champions League spot.
And if Arsenal don’t start winning then our fears of playing UEFA Cup football alongside a team like Spurs could become a frightening reality.
Wenger has installed a beautiful football ethos throughout the club, from the youth teams to the reserves and straight through to the first team.
We know what Arsene will and won’t do.
He won’t buy big name players with reputations.
He hasn’t changed his style of play for ten years and he won’t start now.
But what Arsene will try and find is players who fit his system and style of football. Unfortunately the players he has brought in and he has at his disposal don’t look like being enough.
But what can Wenger do once the players enter the pitch as start the game?
He has to hope that the players listen to him and perform like they can do.
Unfortunately over the past few games the players have let him down.
The away performances against Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle were lacklustre and absent of any urgency, motivation and passion.
And despite a poor result against West Ham at least the players looked motivated at the Emirates but the players have to perform – or at least try – in every game.
There’s not much Wenger can do looking on from the touchline – the players have to put their acts together and start performing.