Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal on a downward spiral - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Before this weekend, Arsene Wenger was a manager under pressure. After successive draws Arsenal sat five points off the top four, and there was a morose atmosphere at the Emirates. This was not a kneejerk but the growing concern that a club was on the domestic decline.
Initially, I dismissed this as doom-mongering. Fifteen years of consecutive Champions League football, sob sob sob. Last home game won 5-2 against your bitterest rivals, oh woe is me, my sarcastic mind declared. These were football fans who had gorged on success and were moaning when the plates full of food stopped being piled high in front of them.
Perhaps I was wrong, because Saturday was different. There was a genuine low about Arsenal. There was no vigour, no invention, no spark and no verve. Wenger’s teams of previous seasons have lost home games but on those occasions there was a sense of ‘one of those days’ with posts hit, shots...