Being an Arsenal supporter must be a testing experience these days. Gone are the glory days that provided silverware every season replaced with mediocrity and disappointment in abundance. Last week’s FA Cup defeat to the Mackems was a whole new low for the Gunners as their trophy dry spell extended to a seventh year.
Questions have been asked over Arsene Wenger’s future and whether the Frenchman is fighting a losing battle trying in the dugout. The last thing they need right now is a North London derby against their fierce rivals who have seemingly overtaken them as the cream of the capital in recent months. Confidence at the Emirates Stadium has been shattered over the last fortnight and it’s up to Wenger to provide a victory that could reignite their season.
Oh, and Andriy Arshavin left on loan!
The blogs on FFC this week have focused upon the need to tie Robin Van Persie up to a new deal, whether Wenger should stay or go and whether Alex Song has become a liability in midfield.
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Why Arsenal find themselves at a crossroads – Gunnersphere
The reason Arshavin asked to move revealed – Le Grove
Why Arsene nears the endgame – Online Gooner
When love breaks down – A Cultured Left Foot
Gunners target Malaga starlet – Gunnersphere
“No matter what we say at the moment it will be printed in a negative way. It is up to us to transform that into a positive way. You can’t complain. We are in a fantastic job and we have a big game in front of us – to feel sorry for ourselves would be criminal.
“We have a good opportunity to show that we have character, that we have the mental qualities to play for this club and let’s go for it.” Arsene Wenger speaking ahead of the North London Derby (The Guardian).