- Arsenal bowed out of the FA Cup after loss to Nottingham Forest
- In turn, knives back out for Arsene Wenger after latest disappointment
- Danny Murphy insists change has to happen, starting with the veteran tactician
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There was further embarrassment for Arsenal at the weekend following their FA Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest, and Danny Murphy isn’t impressed.
To make matters worse, the Gunners prepare to take on Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday night, and another setback in the first leg of that tie would ramp up the pressure on both Arsene Wenger and his players.
In turn, the French tactician will be looking for a reaction from his team, but Murphy is adamant that won’t fix the problems at the club long-term, as he doesn’t believe Wenger is capable of making the necessary changes to take Arsenal forward.
This has now become an annual ritual for Arsenal fans, rivals and pundits, and it seemingly takes around half the campaign before question marks are raised over Wenger’s ability to win trophies and his future at the Emirates.
With a battle to make the top four and now the risk of elimination from the cup competitions, it would be no surprise if the unrest at the club built very quickly in the coming weeks and months.
“All I see is a team, year in year out, who don’t get coached very well and don’t look well balanced,” Murphy told Sky Sports, as noted by The Express.
“Defensively against better opposition they are all over the place. That isn’t that difficult to change, but you have to change the coach, or the coaches under him, which he won’t let happen.”
It really is questionable as to what it will take to push Wenger out of the job, as it would appear as though he will only step down when he believes it’s the right time.
With Arsenal staring the threat of a trophy-less campaign in the face along with an extended absence from the Champions League, he’s surely running out of reasons to argue that he should stay in the job. Even if results do pick up in the short-term, it’s a familiar story for Arsenal fans and they will surely be concerned.