Despite the acute lack of silverware in the past seasons, Arsenal fans have continued to support their club through the fog, hoping every day, that their time will come, that the light will shine upon them.
The premise behind the unfettered support has been that the club plays football as it ought to be. They play the beautiful game, beautifully. And it is in this precise context that the recent comments made by the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, sent in a real fear down the necks of every Gunner.
The Frenchman spoke to BBC Sport after the 0-0 draw against Sunderland, saying, “We played with good spirit but we lacked a bit of overall creativity and the few chances we created we couldn’t take.”
While spurned chances are characteristic of the Gunners, an absence of creativity definitely isn’t. The club have fostered a style of play that is mesmerizing to the eye of the beholder and it’s indeed baffling to hear the creator of it all to go on about an absence of the essence of the team.
This can be attributed to the surge of new signings at the club, who are yet to understand the one touch style that is employed at the Emirates. While both Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski are fairly competent strikers, they are one-dimensional. Santi Cazorla, who had an encouraging debut, may have a great deal more to offer and Arsenal can certainly give him more freedom on the park to bring out the club’s philosophy on the field.
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