After Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat away to Brighton on Sunday, Jack Wilshere apologised for the abject display his side put on.
Although Wilshere wasn’t the problem during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at the AMEX, his and his teammates haven’t exactly been shining examples of professional athletes this season. Whether there are bigger problems going on off the pitch that the fans don’t know about, or whether there’s simply no communication among the squad and Arsene Wenger anymore, we don’t know, but something needs to change.
I'm sorry to the gooners out there. You deserve better. Thats all i have to say. I know its difficult at the moment in this difficult period we are going through as a team but we need you. We will do better but please stick with us ❤ pic.twitter.com/UTsCdXkQmB
— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) March 5, 2018
Wilshere acknowledges that it’s a ‘difficult period’ at the club. The 26-year-old doesn’t say the team are just going through a rough patch or a dip in form. While I could be reading too much into it, this appears to be indicating that there are other problems going on.
Arsenal fans are currently in a state of limbo between wanting to support the club they love and reaching the end of their tether with a board and manager they no longer believe in.
Still, Gooners appreciate the Englishman’s honesty.
You need that armband. Legend
— 🚧 (@afcharryy) March 5, 2018
The one thing any of us ask for now, is a real massive effort from every player in the Europa League. That’s our only chance of any reward for our support this season.
YOU tell the lads to step up in that competition and give it 100%. 🙏🏽
— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) March 5, 2018
Jack deserves/needs the armband. And the effort he showed against City in the Cup Final. It’s time to get angry. It’s time to leave 110% out on the pitch. Lead by example and light a fire. #COYG #WEAreTheArsenal emphasis on WE
— Steel City Gooners 🔴⚽️⚪️ (@PGH_Gooners) March 5, 2018
— Regina (@reginaWSNC) March 5, 2018
I appreciate the outreach. You’ve done more for us than we have for you. If you still have faith in us, we owe you a return of the favour.
— Garden State Gooners (@GardenStGooners) March 5, 2018
♥️ love you man but honestly you don’t deserve this, if you have a chance to get a big move this summer, please take it, i can’t believe this shocking contract your being offered when your the best player with the most effort week in, week out.
— Zane (@WalterTactic) March 5, 2018
just play like you care and we’ll support you guys thru the difficult times.
Good tweet 👏
— I stan Mesut 😍 (@hawt_red) March 5, 2018
Love you jack, Mr.Arsenal
— Aarön (@AaronDickinson) March 5, 2018
1 player I’m proud wears the shirt, we all know how much the club means 2 u, shit seeing the state the club is in atm, hoping it doesn’t last long, players need 2 start showing some pride while wearing the red & white ❤❤
— orla conaghan (@orlacon0) March 5, 2018
We are behind you All The Way. This just hurts a lot to watch.🔴⚪️ You guys are so much better than this. #coyg
— arsenal (@skotte1979) March 5, 2018
It’s easy for Wilshere to tell us to stick by the club when he’s the one who hasn’t signed a new deal yet. The midfielder has just three months left on his current Arsenal contract and, if the recent reports are to be believed, he’s looking less and less likely to sign a new one.