It was hardly ever in doubt, but Arsenal have now been statistically ruled out of the Premier League title race following Leicester’s convincing 4-0 win over Swansea.
Claudio Ranieri’s side needed just a single point to confirm that the Gunners could no longer win the league – Arsene Wenger’s men are ending the season with a whimper once again, failing to defeat relegation-strugglers Sunderland earlier in the day.
Arsenal will finish what appeared to be such a promising season without a major title, discounting their victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield. Arsenal fans are understandably frustrated. In a year where major rivals failed to perform domestically, the Gunners once again threw away their chances of winning their first league title in over a decade.
Arsenal’s performance at Sunderland once again highlighted the deadweight Arsene Wenger has harboured in his squad. The display was lethargic, uninspired and reeked of a side with no aspiration.
Angry fans vented their frustrations on social media, with widespread outcry for a complete overhaul of the disappointing squad.
It’s difficult to find grounds on which to disagree with Arsenal supporters, particularly when it comes to more senior members of the squad. The cull of washed-up under-performers is surely on the horizon and these are the villains most likely to face the guillotine:
We are paying Theo Walcott 140,000 a week lets just sink this in to do this pic.twitter.com/TIsvGd4Ig3
— Lukeman (@luke_agoro) 24 April 2016
Theo Walcott is Arsenal’s longest serving player; after signing as a teenager, the England International has plying his trade at the Emirates for over a decade. Does he lead by example, is a commanding figure of authority, a guaranteed starter? Far from it.
Wenger still doesn’t know Walcott’s best position, nobody does. Last week Arsene Wenger said Theo Walcott ‘had to make up his mind what he wanted to be’.
Surely, it’s up to the experienced French coach to have realised Walcott’s potential by now. Either shape him into a player that works in this team or let him move on – it’s been 10 years already.
Olivier Giroud is on his longest run of games without scoring in the Premier League since he joined the club in 2012.
“At the moment Olivier cannot score. I think he will come back. He has gone through spells like this before.”
For the record Arsene, Giroud has never gone through a spell like this in his entire career. The Frenchman has scored in just one of his last 20 games for the club, grabbing a brace against Championship opposition Hull in the F.A Cup.
The most frustrating aspect of Giroud’s game is that he doesn’t help himself much either. He strikes an impression of a man determined not to make an impact, his confidence is at rock-bottom and Arsenal can’t afford to waste anymore time on him.
Simply put, Aaron Ramsey is displaying all the qualities of any run-of-the-mill, average midfielder. It’s hard to see where the Welshman fits into the starting eleven, yet Wenger continues to crowbar him in.
Against Sunderland Ramsey looked completely devoid of all ideas in the midfield – he looked around, held it, then rolled a trickling pass to Ozil who, belatedly, had moved into some space. Frustrating for the players, even more frustrating for the fans.
As the supposed heartbeat of the Arsenal team, Ramsey conducts a side with no coherent game plan or style to their football.
On the other hand… if you want unnecessary flicks, poor match fitness and a plethora of misplaced passes; Ramsey’s your man!
Arsenal’s squad is in desperate need of a complete overhaul, culling the players who are not performing at the standard of a title winning side.
Who else would you add to the Arsenal transfer list?