Two things happen when one turns 18: you assume you’ve come of age and then you take responsibility for your errors. Wenger has entered adulthood in his Arsenal managerial career but the last decade has been replete with relative underachievement compared to the days of his puberty.
Having weathered an early storm this season, surely he must have learnt some lessons from this current campaign, as well as from over the years, and there are signs that those will lead him to do more to better his team over the coming weeks, with the transfer window a major tool to use.
Two Years to Prove a Point
It’s been more than a decade since we last won the Premier League title and a glance through the galaxy of stars in that team in close comparison with the ones currently at Wenger’s disposal will tell us all we need to know about our chances of breaking the duck this season. It does not count as throwing in the towel to admit that Chelsea would probably win the League this season as we are probably not a match for them in all departments as to think we could close the gap between us at the moment, but if Wenger really does intend to win the League one more time before he leaves within the next two years, it surely counts in his favour that he finishes this season as strongly as possible, and that won’t happen if we don’t strengthen the defence in January.
Too many Injuries
One must imagine the routine conversational exchange between Wenger and Colin Lewin when a player goes down clutching his ankle or smashing the turf in anguish. so far, it’s happened too frequently this season that there hardly has been a player who has escaped the flu. Arteta’s recurring situation means it’s more than just bad luck as age appears to be a huge factor. He is the better of our two available DMs but the fact he cannot be relied upon to stay fit for back-to-back Champions League games would have to get Wenger planning for a Krychowiak or Scheneiderlin.
He landed Right Players in summer…
Away in the Brasil sunshine and flirting on all the beaches, we thought Wenger was ignorant of what Chelsea and City were doing in the transfer market. Then, Chile got knocked out in the Round-of-16 and BOOM! We had signed Alexis! That was quickly followed by Debuchy, Chambers, Ospina and Welbeck on deadline day. Not one of the five has failed to live up to their billing at the moment, seamslessly adapting into the team as though they had been with us for ages, especially Alexis and Chambers. Wenger went for the right players last summer…
…But Not Enough of what we NEEDED
The cheer of those good signings was, however, tempered by the jeer following Wenger’s refusal to add a much needed defensive midfielder not to mention letting Vermaelen go without bringing in a replacement. That stubbornness has hurt us already this season, as we have experienced the knife-edged condition of having Nacho Monreal in central defence in Koscielny’s absence. Not just due to injuries did we need another central defender in the team, but to fire up our first choice pair to be on their feet to improve. Now, Wenger knows he must do that or risk having a complacent backline thinking they have a right to the first team.
The FA Cup could be retained
The FA Cup third round draw will be held on Monday, the beginning of the race to defend our trophy, and it must be necessary to believe that it must be defended. That will mean we have one more competition added to our schedule of games in the last five months of the season and you don’t compete for a treble with an injury-hit, depleted squad, do you?
To Pacify the Fans
Undoubtedly hurt and disappointed by the message inscribed on the banner displayed at the Hawthorns, he will not be aloof to the fact much of the frustration displayed has been a spillover from the “Spend! Spend! Spend!” cardboards of the first game of last season against Aston Villa, and as he moved to quell those tensions by signing Ozil on that season’s deadline day, Wenger knows that another eye-catching player signed in this especially difficult January window will surely placate most of the bitterness thrust towards him.
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