Arsenal may have just ended their nine-year trophy wait, but the manner of the victory over Hull has raised a fair few questions. The Gunners were slow starters at Wembley as they fell behind to two efforts from James Chester and Curtis Davies and struggled to truly get going even though they took the win with an extra-time Aaron Ramsey effort. Hull are by no means a poor side, but as a team only just out of the second tier, the Londoners should really be dispatching them with a little more ease than they eventually did. Arsene Wenger could be about to pen a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, but here are three reasons we think the club should take their paperwork off of the table.
It’s easy to forget that Yaya Sanogo looked likely to be one of Arsenal’s major signings last summer. The cumbersome forward was thrust into the FA Cup Final even though he is yet to open his Gunners account and looked more than a little out of place on the Wembley turf. Mesut Ozil also failed to shine despite costing over £40m, while the less said about Kim Kallstrom – who didn’t even make the bench today – the better.
Sanogo isn't exactly up there with Wenger's master stroke signings like Pires, Henry, Özil and Anelka, is he?
— Needle&Thread (@DirtLikeMe) May 17, 2014
Arsenal have no bottle whatsoever. I think it's time for the arsenal board to pull the plug on wenger or start funding for transfers
— darren (@darrennwood_) May 17, 2014
It kind of confuses me why Wenger didn't spend 20 million on a good midfielder and 20 million on a class striker than all 42 million on Ozil
— Jamie (@Sinclair1875) May 17, 2014
sanogo looks like the fan who is living the dream….#wengerout
— Grey Mace (@Grey_Mace) May 17, 2014
Even though they came back, Arsenal were more than a little lethargic against Hull. Much of their attacking play was predictable, and it looked as if Hull boss Steve Bruce knew exactly what he would be up against.
It's amazing how Wenger doesn't see the need to change tactics. This is how we lost 4-0 to Chelsea in the league. Or was it 5-0
— Akinola (@AkOdntn) May 17, 2014
I honestly blame #Wenger zero tactics,
— Sa'ad(Davids) (@SaaidWarsame) May 17, 2014
Wenger's tactics are always the best just look at all the trophies…he's won…..
— Ismond Callum (@C_iiSMOND) May 17, 2014
Instead of having Podolski as forward in 442 he keeps our 2 worst strikers in our history! Poldi is world class as striker in 442 #WengerOut
— David (@GoonerEngler) May 17, 2014
Arsenal need a fresh start
While Arsenal were huffing and puffing to a first trophy in nine years Diego Atletico Madrid lifting the La Liga title with a fresh and imaginative coach in the shape of Diego Simeone at the helm. Gunners fans could be forgiven for wishing they had the Argentine in the dugout.
But there's still room to say Wenger Out. #WengerOut
— Baptiste S. Hallot (@BaptisteSHallot) May 17, 2014
Struggling to beat hull #wengerout
— DerekRantsGaming (@DerekRantsGames) May 17, 2014
After here, Arsene OUT, Diego Simeone IN! #WengerOut
— Naaman Obetia (@NaamanObetia) May 17, 2014