Arsene Wenger’s long-term plan at the Emirates Stadium of selling his best players and failing to adequately replace them is working a treat…
This season was supposed to be something of a defining moment in the recent history of the North London club.
Article originally published on CaughtOffside.com
It certainly should’ve been a campaign that saw Arsene Wenger scrambling for some iota of success that would help to garner a modicum of support from the ever reducing number of fans who still had faith in both the Gunners boss.
But the season is threatening to peter out into yet another ‘year of transition’. Arsenal sit 21 points off top of the table Man United, who owe their league position in part to Wenger, for selling them goal-machine Robin van Persie.
A Capital One Cup disaster at Valley Parade saw one avenue of silverware vanish and a tricky clash with Swansea on Wednesday could end the club’s FA Cup run at the first hurdle.
The Arsenal then go up against runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League – no easy task.
Even the ‘trophy’ that is a top four finish seemingly hangs in the balance after defeat to Man City left Arsenal six points off local rivals Tottenham.
This lack of tangible success could lie in the fact that the current Arsenal squad is chock-a-block with players who are simply not good enough to represent a club that should be genuine Premier League title challengers. To prove this point, here are a list of the top ten list of worst players at the club.
Worryingly this list could have been made even longer….
10. Aaron Ramsey
A player who arrived with something of a fanfare, considered as one of the best young talents in British football, has proved anything but.
Yes his career has been greatly affected by a reckless challenge but that’s no excuse for the displays the Welshman puts in week in, week out. Possibly the worst aspect of Ramsey’s performances is the mistaken belief he appears to have in himself. This is most evident when he looks to pull off a raking 60 yard pass, that invariably skies over Bacary Sagna’s head.
Oh yes, and there’s the small matter of his penchant for scoring goals that then lead to celebrity deaths.