Why Arsenal are struggling and Arsene Wenger will likely leave Arsenal by 2019

Arsene Wenger have come under serious criticism from fans and football lovers all over the world. After losing 0-3 to Man City in the Carabao Cup final last weekend, Arsenal lost again to the same opposition with exact scoreline in their league midweek encounter. A result which sees Arsenal 10 points below fourth place Tottenham.

Most people are asking him to step down. Arsene Wenger will likely honour his contract with the London club which will end on 30th june, 2019 and it’s hard to see him get sacked. But at 68 years old; the Frenchman will be almost 70 by the time his deal expires. Arsenal form and fans outrage makes it difficult for him to be offered another contract. This makes 2019 the perfect time for Wenger to leave Arsenal.

It’s no longer news, that Arsene Wenger reluctance to spend in the transfer market has been a major reason for his team downfall. They miss the best players in the market and most times have to settled for unfamiliar talents at cheap prices. After which they sold off when they become stars.

For example, Arsene Wenger have spent over £687.4 million since 1996 in Arsenal. Manchester City have spent over £800 million since 2013 when Sheikh Mansour took over. Although Arsenal have started spending, but they are still not spending enough and are not spending right.

 

Defence

Arsenal have conceded 39 goals in 28 league games which is the worst among the top-six teams. Both Manchester’s club having the fewest at 20 goals each.

A back-four consisting of Kolasinac, Koscielny, Mustafi and Bellerin looks average to me. Considering they are a team competing for the Premier League title and even the UEFA champions league. Manchester City needed just 5 shots on goal to expose Arsenal defense in a 0-3 away league win in midweek. Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for £70.92 million from Southampton FC which is costly than Arsenal defenders combined!. Manchester City defense signings in recent transfer windows are: Aymeric Laporte for £58.50m, Kyle Walker for £45.90m, Benjamin Mendy for £51.75m and John Stones for £50m.

Bad Transfer dealings

Arsenal were reluctant to let go of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the summer despite both players expressing their decision to leave the club. Both Ozil and Sanchez were struggling for form and confidence as the season began. Winter transfer window came and Arsenal traded Sanchez for Mkhitaryan with Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan since his move from Dortmund to Manchester United has struggled for first team shirt. Despite his unique abilities he has found it difficult to settle in England.

Aubameyang was brought in to lift the burden placed on Lacazette, who was also struggling after his £47.70m move from Lyon. And the Gabon striker who had a solid 2016/17 season Dortmund hasn’t quite done well here. Aubameyang is lucky to play in one of the best creative team in the world at that time. He barely creates goalscoring chances for himself as Dortmund have creative talents such Ousmane Dembele, Kagawa and Gonzalo Castro e.t.c at the time.

It’s not surprising that his 13 bundesliga goals this season before his move to Arsenal were all inside the 18-yard box. Actually, the last time Aubameyang scored from outside the box was far back as November 2013.

So his arrival didn’t yet fix Arsenal problems as their issues were rooted in their defense and their imbalance midfield. And like the popular saying goes “The striker himself is only as effective as the attack he plays in”. Even as Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang played together in Dortmund for threee seasons, you would think Mkhitaryan should be able to create chances for Aubameyang. But it never worked at Dortmund and there was no sign it was going to work at Arsenal also.

It was Shinji Kagawa, Castro, and even Lewandowski that laid on most goals for Aubameyang during his time at Dortmund. Even Ousmane Dembele in his one season with Dortmund assisted more of Aubameyang goals than Mkhitaryan did in three seasons. Arsenal lacks creativity in midfield which has seen Aubameyang and even Lacazette struggle for goals this season.

Arsenal scouts in-conjuction with Arsene Wenger has failed woefully in the club transfer signings. They have failed to bring in players who will suit the team. Lacazette for example had a bad scouting report by Manchester United scouting team in the summer transfer window which was why United never signed him. And Lacazette struggle to settle in the premier league which further shows Manchester United were right and Arsenal were wrong.

Arsenal season is fast becoming a nightmare again and fans can’t wait to see their once-loved manager leave the club.

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