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Wenger is a great manager according to all Arsenal supporters and football fans all over. But can he lead the Gunners to the title this season? After going on a good run of results defeating the likes of Manchester United and hammering Olympiakos to barely gain a spot in the Champions League knock-out stages, Wenger and his Gunners have suffered some poor results with defeats from the likes of a poor Southampton side on Boxing Day, a struggling but resurgent Chelsea, and a draw against another team in wobbly form, Norwich City, at Carrow Road.
These kinds of results can cost you in the end and it has for the Gunners, who seem to be suffering another case of deja vu consisting of topsy-turvy poor winter form. The concerning run of poor results have led once again to the question: Can Arsenal get back on track and win the league title?
We can all say Arsene Wenger and his squad didn’t have the right mentality in the last few games in the league: Two draws (Stoke, Southampton), one loss (Chelsea), and no goals scored.
With the return of the maestro Alexis Sanchez, can they get their goalscoring fever back?
We certainly should hope so as Arsenal need to focus on these games because the likes of Manchester City have been in poor form, which has been compounded by their defeat to Leicester City, who sit at the top of the table, on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium. A lot of course rides on the likes of not only Sanchez but also Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, who have been key to Arsenal’s title challenge this season. The Gunners are reliant on them for goals, guile and creativity in the final third.
Their poor finishing and struggles to penetrate opposition defences have been glaring the past few matches, especially against Southampton, where Ozil and his teammates missed plenty of gilt-edged chances that a team vying for the title should finish. An eerie reminder of why they have bottled their title campaigns for the past nine seasons or so.
They must regain their finishing touch for Arsenal to regain their foothold in the title race. The return of Walcott and the Ox could also prove beneficial to their attacking forays. All in all, time for the attack to step up once again.
Is it time for Arsenal to look elsewhere for a new top class manager?
If Wenger fails once again to lift the league trophy, should Arsenal go for the likes of Luis Enrique or Ancellotti? These sort of managers have the ability, accolades and experience to fire an ambitious side like Arsenal to glory and with the likes of Guardiola going to City at the start of next season, things will be different. Enrique might not be available, but Ancellotti is definitely viable. Wenger has had more than enough chances, and I don’t see another if he misses out.
This may be his final opportunity, so he and his Arsenal side must strap themselves and step up to the plate.
This is their biggest chance of winning the league as rivals like Chelsea, United won’t be struggling for long and will do whatever it takes to get back in the title picture in the very near future.
It’s now or never again, Arsene.
Iwobi against Bournemouth?
Players like Mertesacker are doing poorly at the moment after his sending off in the Chelsea game, so why not give Iwobi some game time? When he plays, he plays well for the Gunners. So maybe a new pair of legs could benefit the side?
My Arsenal lineup for the Bournemouth game on Sunday
My prediction is Arsenal winning the game 2-1 with goals from Sanchez and Campbell.
Written by Mostafa Assem
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