Arsenal v Southampton - Capital One Cup Third Round

It looks utterly mischievous and erratic to claim that a side that has consistently made top four for a decade will fail to make the cut when the new EPL season ends next May. Arsenal have made it a duty to make it to the Champions League every season due to the brilliance of Wenger, and seeing that not happening next year is almost an impossibility. But sadly, it will happen. Yes! Here are reasons why.


While the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and even Everton are busy scampering around the nook and cranny of the transfer market tying up deals and making sure their squads are filled up with the best legs, Arsenal are observing from distance and making only speculations as to whom to land. Higuain has been deservedly snatched by Juve, while even a Mahrez deal has really never been in the pipeline despite the rumors linking him to the Emirates. Per adventure they eventually land the PFA player of the year, the midfield isn’t a department Arsenal necessarily need an addition. Wenger has come out to say that there aren’t quality players the club is able to sign now and that they might have to wait much more later towards the end of the window. It just means the fans shouldn’t expect any more noteworthy addition. Chances are that he will stick with Giroud upfront next term, and supplement him with one of the youth players to be promoted soon. Of course Leicester City have proved you don’t need big names to land the title, but while the biggest threats to the title are making sure they are ready to clinch that title, Arsenal is hoping to beat everyone to it by making just 2 or 3 additions. Not happening. Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham will jostle for that top 4 slots, Arsenal don’t have a chance. Not next term.


Jose, Klopp, Conte, Pep
and Pochettino have upped their games and are all ready to do everything necessary to win the league. Even the likes of Rainieri, Koeman and Bilic won’t be watching from the sidelines alone. They all want that glory and will prove their hunger by going out all for it. Wenger’s tactics can’t match what his competitors have got up in their sleeves for the new season. Having won the title over a decade ago, the French tactician probably has forgotten what it takes to win. 6 of the other top handlers have won a title in England and elsewhere less than 5 years ago and by the time they put their tactics at work, Wenger won’t have anything left to fight for except a 5th or 6th position.


Many keep wondering why most Arsenal players are never fit all season long. It’s simply because of the old training styles Wenger has failed to evolve with. It has been revealed often times that players are liable to get injured after being overly stretched beyond limit during training sessions. The kind of feeding system employed too doesn’t seem to help matters. We will be seeing more injuries to key players when they are needed most, and that won’t help matters. Who is following Welbeck to the treatment table? Time will tell.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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