Over recent years Arsenal FC have fallen into a stereotype. Every year the prospect of the season ahead excites Arsenal fans across the globe, whether that be due to a confident end to the previous season, a big deadline day signing or simply the hope in the hearts of the Gunners’ fans, but recently things haven’t gone to plan. Arsene Wenger’s squad currently hold the FA Cup, of which they’ve lifted the previous two seasons, and are battling to defend the only credible source of silverware the club has produced since the squad of 2004 dominated the English game. Wenger’s men haven’t lifted the Premier League trophy since the record unbeaten season of 2003-04, in which the club went 49 games in the top flight division without a single loss from May 2003 to October 2004.
After a disappointing 0-0 draw against Hull City in N5 on the 20th of February the club replayed the tie at the KC Stadium on the 8th of March. Given the recent loss to Swansea at home and a hard fought North London derby, of which Arsenal managed to scrape a point after Francis Coquelin’s second yellow cost the Gunner’s control of the game they lead at halftime, fans of the club urged the team to prove themselves. Pressure has certainly been mounted on Arsene’s shoulders in recent times, but Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 away triumph with a brace from both top scorer Olivier Giroud and pacey English forward Theo Walcott, although the manager has a lot of work to do in these final weeks of the season to root himself back into the hearts of die hard Arsenal fans.
A consistent run of high table finishes doesn’t seem to be enough to keep fans of the club happy anymore. Wenger’s men have finished 4th in the English top flight 6 times since their unbeaten dominance of 2004, and the craving of serious silverware is an ever-present cloud looming over The Emirates. Many fans have made it clear they want some fresh leadership at the summit of the club, and given the amount of managers losing their jobs due to poor form in the modern game it’s easy to see why. The Gunners now face Watford at the Emirates on Sunday the 13th of March in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, but will a second successful defense of the title be enough? The club currently sit 8 points below league leaders Leicester City and 3 points below rivals Spurs, two teams who have made title intentions crystal clear in recent weeks. With 9 more weeks of Premier League football left on the calendar, with a possible 27 points up for grabs, can the men in red and white challenge for the title?
Yet again fans find themselves asking the same question. Could someone else fill the Frenchman’s shoes and send the club to the title victory they crave, or does the team need more world class talent? Should Gunners fans stick by the longest serving manager in European football?
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