Tuesday night, 9:45pm Leicester City failed to make the most of the chance to extend the gap even further in the race for the title and plenty would’ve put this as an opportunity for Arsenal to put their abysmal display at Old Trafford behind them.
24 hours on from that draw at The King Power, it’s Leicester City who’ve extended their lead at the top after both North London clubs failed to capitalise on dropped points from Claudio Ranieri’s side.
A disappointing 3-2 defeat on Sunday at Old Trafford left a bitter taste in the mouth for plenty of Arsenal fans considering Louis Van Gaal’s team selection; opting for 18 year-old Marcus Rashford, amongst a number of other fringe players.
No heart, lack of desire, no leaders, no determination, lack of ambition and drive were just a few things said about Arsenal since their tame defeat. Swansea coming to the Emirates was a chance to redeem themselves, a chance to put right what happened in Manchester, but it was the same again with Wenger’s men bottling the chance.
Is the title out of reach? It’s a huge blow and nine points from their last eight games doesn’t exactly fuel any Arsenal fan with hope although despite their form they’re still in with a sniff.
You would have thought without City and Chelsea out of the title picture and Man United trailing behind , it would be Arsenal’s for the taking but it seems that Arsene Wenger has other ideas leaving the spinner to point at ‘Wenger Out’ in this the latest episode of ‘Wenger In, Wenger Out’. And for once perhaps the fans are right?
Throughout the campaign they’ve shown moments of brilliance but despite that it’s still overshadowed by vulnerability and a lack of bite when it matters, and as we enter the final third of the season, Arsenal are again throwing away their season
The lack of desire to win at Old Trafford was clear to see and is very worrying; would you have seen the Arsenal of 03/04 surrender like that in a title race, I highly doubt it.
Any side can lose games but it’s the manner in which you lose that can have a huge bearing on future games, and the manner of the losses to a subpar United and struggling Swansea that could affect Arsenal going forward.
After such a dramatic and potentially title changing game against Leicester City, you would have expected Arsenal to kick on in the league. Having pegged back a rival, they should have been looking to go on and cement their place as favourites to lift the title but now, just 2 games later, there are more questions about this side than ever.
Is Wenger up to the job? What about this batch of players? Given the position they are in should they need motivating? I struggle to imagine Chelsea of last season, any United side under Ferguson or the The Invincibles needing motivation after defeat, where their professional pride is on the line. These sides would have gone out and put things right.
Defeat to Swansea has raised eyebrows once more, if they don’t win it this season you would start to wonder when they will, considering Chelsea and City are slightly off the pace.
Whether they win it or not, should a Premier League crown grant Wenger more time? I’m starting to wonder because you can bet your house that both Chelsea and City will come back stronger next term and if they do win it, it will be down to pot luck not by deserving the prize.
It’s just up to Arsenal hierarchy if they can withstand another season or seasons of uncertainty once again.
Written by George, who can be found on Twitter @GClarke_