Arsenal’s attempt to finish in the top four hit the rock after deservedly losing 3-0 against relegation threatened Crystal Palace much to the frustration of the supporters who would not stop clamouring for the removal of Arsene Wenger and also call for the heads of the players after the loss.
Arsenal were expected to follow up their impressive display against West Ham last week but they were outclassed in every department by Sam Allardyce’s rejuvenated side.
Ozil who shone brilliantly against the Hammers was anonymous at the Selhurst Park on Monday. The German midfielder did not create any chance while losing all his aerial duels and made no interception, yet he touched the ball more than 100 times.
Arsenal were runner-up last season but now have five teams ahead of them with the hope of qualifying for the champions league reducing by each game. Arsenal have now lost four consecutive away matches and conceded three goals in four consecutive away games for the first time since 1940.
Things have really gotten worse at the Emirates and this season would go down as the arguably the worst under Wenger due to these reasons:
Poor Summer Signings
Over 100 million was spent in last summer transfer window but the signings have underperformed. Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi got the better part of that amount but neither can claim to have live up to their price tag. Apart from the disciplinary issues Xhaka has faced since joining, his performance has not justified the reason for his signing and alongside Mustafi, they were outperformed by Palace midfield. Not only those two, Lucas Perez also has not justified his price tag though he is rarely used.
Ozil and Sanchez Contract Issues
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez contracts issues have lingered on since last summer and both have stalled on extending their stay at the Emirates Stadium with their respective set to expire at the end of next season. Their contract sagas seemed to have affect their performance on the pitch with Ozil’s performance against Palace arguably his worst since joining Arsenal.
Arguably, Wenger’s Worst Defence
Arsenal have been vulnerable at the back especially without Laurent Koscienly. A glaring was the two-legged match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. And it is different in the premier league, by the end of the season, Arsenal will have conceded more league goals than in the last five seasons. Gabriel Paulista and Nacho Monreal have failed to step up and have been inconsistent.