After losing in a bizarre manner to fellow title rivals Chelsea in yesterday’s lunchtime kickoff at the Bridge; Arsenal manager may just have thrown in the towel as far as the league title is concerned.
Talking to the press (not the official post-match conference), the manager described his 1,000th match as a “career low.” Wenger who is yet to taste victory over Mourinho saw his side fall to a 6-0 drubbing in the hands of their fellow title rivals at the Bridge yesterday.
“It leaves it (the title chances) in a very bad situation,” and also continued by saying “if we had played two draws we’d have two points. Having won one we have three points. But today is a huge disappointment, of course. When you don’t turn up in a game of this stature-nobody takes that easy.”
As demoralising as that loss was to every Arsenal fan all over the world; it would not be a great idea to throw in the towel or raise the white flag in surrender after a hefty loss to title rivals. However, this might just be an attempt by the manager to deflate the mounting pressure from a team that have had to battle with injuries to majority of its key players.
Call it luck or whatever; this club has been badly hit by injuries to several key players all through the season. Players like Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, and Mesut Ozil have been sidelined for a long time; and these are core members of the team. For a team that lacks depth; having as many as 5 or 6 key players out at the same time doesn’t bode well for your title aspiration.
Forget about what the manager had to say immediately after Saturday’s match at the Bridge; the league was already conceded as far back as January when Wenger failed to invest in the team. A player like Draxler would have given a massive boost to our midfield and overall performance yesterday. Of course, Costa didn’t want to move in January; but couldn’t we have done better than a player like Kim?
This was supposed to be the magic year. Clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea had managerial changes; and the least the manager could do was take advantage of those changes to end the club’s 9 years of waiting to win a trophy.
Arsenal will now have to focus on maintaining their top 4 status, which was once described as a “trophy.” The FA cup is all there for the taking; it presents the club the best chance of winning silverware this season.