THE knives – as well as the banners – are out once again for Arsene Wenger after another crushing defeat; another nail in the coffin.
Even Thierry Henry, an Arsenal legend, was damning in his assessment of this latest disaster. And he loves the club as much as Arsene!
Following the 3-1 defeat at West Brom, their fourth in five games, he couldn’t hold back. And it was hard, nigh impossible, to argue with his post-match/post-mortem.
After another black day for the Gunners, Henry was at a loss to understand how a team that had 77 per cent of possession could create so little yet give away so much.
Alexis Sanchez, who limped off in the second half, scored his 18th goal of the season but it counted for nothing as Craig Dawson and Hal Robson-Kanu got the Baggies back to winning ways.
Henry, a top Sky Sports pundit, was shaking his head in dismay and disbelief as he questioned the ‘desire, commitment and attitude’ of the current crop of Arsenal players.
‘THE PLAYERS HAVE LET ARSENE WENGER DOWN, THEY HAVE LET THE FANS DOWN – AND THEY HAVE LET THE CLUB DOWN’
Fellow Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp pulled no punches either and described the performance as ‘shambolic’ and ‘diabolical’, adding poignantly: “If the players care about for Arsene they are not showing it.”
Redknapp reckons that was the worst Arsenal performance he has seen for a ‘long, long time’. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bravely faced the cameras afterwards and apologised to the fans.
He also said the display at the Hawthorns was ‘unacceptable’ and Wenger was inclined to agree after the Gunners’ now infamous Achilles heel – defending set pieces – proved their undoing.
But despite the rage that must have been inside, he was the modicum of calm on the outside as he too faced the press, insisting that an improvement in performances was more important than his future.
He said on Sky: “It is another big disappointment and this is a unique patch we have not experienced in 20 years. We have to re-group, recover and focus on correcting on what we have not been good at.”
A LOT TO WORK ON THEN – AND LOTS MORE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER