FA Cup solace for Arsenal

For the first time in this decade threatens Arsenal from the top four to fall. The fans are screaming for a successor to Arsène Wenger, the season of the Gunners a bit of color can give you with a qualification for the FA Cup Final. Last hurdle: Manchester City, Sunday at 17 hours.


Those who opposed a new contract for Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, save these days neither cost nor effort. Even planes are deployed, with banners ‘No contract. Wenger out’. During the match at West Brom flew the one over the stadium. Wenger said there is hardly noticed: ‘I watched the match.’ A match in which Arsenal 77 percent had possession, but lost.

What did this season so wrong with the Gunners that they are these days hard to fight for something that for decades a security seemed to be: a place in the top four? To a lot of ideal sons-in-law that their foot is not, as concluded, the followers, and few leaders. Disappointing transfers (last summer, Xhaka, Mustafi and Pérez), no real crusher on the civil society (Kant went to Chelsea), many an (if But is absent, leaks, the defense, the midfield can thirties Cazorla not to be missed) and too many moderate matches of playmaker Özil. That is, by the way, just as striker Alexis Sanchez, one year of the end of his contract, but to a renewal.

What with Wenger?

Everything stands (or falls) with the decision on Arsène Wenger that the club urgently need to take. Getting started since 1996 and the end of contract. A month ago, said the Frenchman, that we are rapidly definite answer would be given. It happened yet. An increasingly smaller proportion of the fans want to keep him, the majority want a new face. Especially now that Antonio Conte is a last year so tough, disappointing Chelsea in no time is unbeatable.

The question is: what do the bosses? The Uzbek minority shareholder Oezmanov wants the club more ambitious spend in the transfer market and Wenger as his successor to prepare, but the man has, despite 30 per cent of shares, not to say anything. He doesn’t even have a seat in the board. Stan Kroenke, 66 percent of shares, determines. The American is of the conservative type: the club must zelfbedruipend. Of him Wenger, please note that all years on the pennies and sold when money was needed for the stadium. The club would only wish that the backroom staff of the Frenchman once thoroughly is shaken. Wenger, as always, people are loyal to, opposes against it.

Anyway, sporty is to fight for a place in the top four and the ticket for the Champions League. The last time Arsenal became champion, dating back to 2004, but the last time that Arsenal from the top four fell, dates back to 1996! Rest as a consolation prize, the FA Cup. Recently were Man City and Arsenal in the league still opposite each other: when it became 2-2, with Arsenal twice terugvocht.

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