It’s not a great time to be an Arsenal fan. Indeed, you can’t help but feel that Roma might make them pay for the string of missed chances in the first leg of their Champions League tie last weekend, with some more profligate finishing on Saturday giving the Gunners a continually uphill struggle if they are to make the top four this season.
While Arsene Wenger continues to give off positive vibes about the team and it’s future, a certain ex-footballer reckons that the manager should step down if the team fail to finish in the top five of the Premier League this term. OK, so it’s only Stan Collymore deliberately trying to stir things up in the Daily Mirror, although his words might touch a nerve with some Arsenal supporters.
Finishing sixth is now a distinct possibility and if that’s the case, Arsene Wenger isn’t the man to take them forward. They are fifth now, two points above Everton, and it would be a catastrophic failure coming sixth and missing out on the Champions League.
Perhaps Stanley should stay off the gin if he’s going to have his ‘thoughts’ reported by a tabloid, although it’s worrying times for Arsenal supporters, who must have thought that a place in the top four was pretty much a given at the start of the season. Indeed, they are barely better off points-wise compared to an Everton team who have been striker-less for several matches this season. Have the Gunners just been plain unlucky when it comes to not scoring goals recently, or does something need to change?