Arsenal legend Martin Keown has claimed the Gunners are in a “crisis” following Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
It doesn’t take much for people to declare there’s a crisis at a football club. For the big clubs, it usually takes about two or three bad defeats before everything enters full meltdown.
While a lot of club ‘turmoils’ don’t really go anywhere, there’s a feeling that Arsenal’s could be genuine after that result and performance against Liverpool yesterday.
While many people have criticised the performance, Martin Keown has gone a step further and questioned some of Wenger’s decisions.
“His [Wenger’s] belief is to go and attack. His glass is always half full, he wants to create. They had no shots on goal. It’s absolutely unthinkable,” Keown said, as reported by the Mirror.
“This is a crisis at the club. Lacazette, we’re told is the new player, the new hope, why is he on the bench? Some of the rationale for the decisions today, I’m scratching my head.
“Gabriel is an outstanding, probably the best pound-for-pound defender at the football club, he’s been allowed to leave. Mustafi is sitting on the bench, they paid 35 [million pounds] for.
“I’m not sure about some of the decisions being made.” There was plenty of head scratching when the team news came out.
Danny Welbeck, known for being hopeless in front of goal, started ahead of the new £52m striker who was brought in to not only score plenty of goals, but to decide big games such as this one.
At the back, Rob Holding, dropped against Stoke due to apparently losing confidence after his performance against Leicester, came back in. Shkodran Mustafi, who played in Holding’s place at Stoke, was on the bench.
Finally, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played right wing-back again, which meant Hector Bellerin was played in an uncomfortable left wing-back role. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes at Arsenal at the moment and it seems to be effecting the manager’s decisions.
If their problems aren’t undressed, the season could unravel already.