Arsenal in relegation battle

Yes, I know Arsenal have 35 games still to play and have a game in hand – RTFA and then rant 🙂

Even pessimistic Arsenal supporters who predicted another 4th place finish this season would not have imagined the position their club has found itself in – flirting with relegation.

Defeat against Manchester United will give Arsenal their worst start in…well, in a very long time. History and stats are not always a good indicator of the future, but it’s safe to say that Arsenal are stuck in rut that has eliminated their title hopes and put their aim of qualifying for the Champions League next season in real jeopardy.

I don’t say this because I’m not an Arsenal fan – I say this because the problems facing Arsenal are far greater than a training session or proper rest to Henry could solve. Vieira’s departure, added with the Campbell, Reyes and Cole sagas of the past year have had a crippling impact on the Arsenal dressing room. Bergkamp has retired as well, and unlike United, who still have Neville, Giggs, Scholes and Solskjaer around to take leadership responsibility, the Arsenal dressing room is full of youngsters and inexperienced players who are being asked to do too much.

I have no doubt in the abilities of Rosicky, van Persie, Senderos, Toure and Fabregas to carry Arsenal in the big games. And it’s not as if you can’t win the title with kids.

But Arsenal need to have things going right for them in order to stand a chance for the Premiership title – they are struck with injuries, haven’t had a great pre-season, have morale problems and worse of all, have taken just 1 point out of two of the easiest games on their calendar (Man City and Boro).

I don’t see Arsenal winning at Old Trafford – and defeat there would really mire the side in a relegation battle (if only for a couple of games – you can’t expect Arsenal to stay in the bottom 4 for so long).

The old excuse of ‘Premiership sides defend so we can’t score’ doesn’t hold much weight anymore – contrarily, this side has been guilty of not taking advantage of scoring opportunites.

What do you think Arsene Wenger needs to do in order to turn around the team?

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