Arsenal started the New Year with a draw. The Gunners finished the year 2012 on a high with a thumping 7-3 victory against Newcastle United at the Emirates and went to St Mary Stadium to face Southampton with full confidence but were lucky to return with a single point.
The performance was lacklustre while the dearth of quality in the side was evident. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager explained that his side was too complacent yesterday. They took their opponents lightly and had to pay the price.
They have dropped back out of top four, five points behind third placed Tottenham Hotspur with one game in hand. Well Arsenal fans have the right to be frustrated here with such recurrent inconsistent performances. It has been a little more than seven years since Arsenal won a major trophy and the wait is finally taking its toll on many sections of the club’s fans, as demands for their manager’s departure have been heard.
Arsenal have participated in the Champions League since the 1998/1999 season and a failure to qualify for Europe’s elite competition would spell disaster for the club. Being one of England’s most successful clubs, top four finish is a must and many fans would inevitably be shocked to see their side get toppled over by other clubs such as rivals Tottenham. What could be worse is that if Arsene Wenger remains at the helm despite the Gunners finishing out of top four with no silverwares to their name.
Inconsistency has been the best word to describe Arsenal’s woeful season so far as a series of mixed results have cost the Gunners a spot in the top four. The club could potentially see themselves looking like a battered Liverpool side that lost out on Champions League football a few years ago. And judging by the way things are currently shaping out, fans can only hope that their club does not find itself in a similar situation.