Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray was talking exclusively to tribalfootball.comâ€¦
THINGS might not be going Arsenalâ€™s way at the moment but theyâ€™re still more than capable of finishing in the top four â€“ though if they donâ€™t then Arsene Wenger is going to have a big problem on his hands.
If Arsenal donâ€™t qualify for the Champions League then Arseneâ€™s claim that heâ€™s delivering success by doing that would fall down.
If theyâ€™re all prepared to accept that a top-four finish without a trophy of any kind for eight years is fine then Iâ€™m not going to argue with them.
If thatâ€™s their level of success â€“ and itâ€™s not mine â€“ then they can carry on in that vein.
Theyâ€™re having a poor season and yet theyâ€™re still in touch with the Champions League places, and Arsenal will consider that fortunate because there are many seasons where they might have been ten points back.
Itâ€™s certainly within their capabilities to close that gap. As long as they keep winning and start winning now, then thereâ€™s absolutely no reason why Arsene canâ€™t aim for another top four finish this season.
But I think there are more than one or two fans now beginning to ask questions and beginning to miss the fact that they used to win trophies on a regular basis.
The defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup was certainly not the boardâ€™s fault and it was certainly not the managerâ€™s fault â€“ Arsene couldnâ€™t have picked a stronger side.
Everyone at Arsenal had been asking him to do that in the League Cup to give them a chance of winning it and he obliged.
On the night too many of them didnâ€™t perform. They had an off day and that can happen but Arsenal fans will tell you that itâ€™s been coming.
There have been a lot of stories coming out of Arsenal, a lot of them completely untrue, about the discontent and arguments going on, about the bad working relationship of the manager and his coach.
I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s true from what I hear and who I speak to. I think thatâ€™s just something the press have jumped on and made up and itâ€™s become an issue, and Arsene has come back very bullishly saying he loves the club and heâ€™ll do everything in his power to make it successful again.
The only criticism you can level at the board is that theyâ€™ve let too many good players go and not replaced them with similar quality.
Itâ€™s a fact and they have to accept it. Itâ€™s very difficult to replace people like Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry when theyâ€™re coming to the end of their careers.
There are so many great players who have been allowed to leave, for various reasons â€“ some have retired, while others have moved on.
But Arsenalâ€™s failing as a club, and Arseneâ€™s as a manager, is the inability to get in sufficient quality to keep those standards high enough.
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