This season has already provided us with some surprise results but what is the most surprising aspect of this season is Arsenal’s complete fall from grace.
This is not something that has just happened, this has brewed for some time and now it has come to light due to the departure of Arsenal’s two best players and the failure to replace them with any sort of quality.
Many fans are comparing this seasons start by Arsenal to that of Liverpool’s last season, but please don’t, it’s a totally different set of circumstances and cannot be related due to some key facts which I will explain.
Firstly Wenger has been at Arsenal for some time and has been successful, while Hodgson was simply the wrong man at the wrong club at the wrong time.
Also Liverpool had an ownership issue and financial problems due to bad debts and mismanagement while Arsenal apparently had none and declared neither.
Wenger has known what its like to win the title, where Hodgson will only know relegation battles, so any comparison between the two teams from last season and this season cannot be taken seriously due to the difference in circumstances.
The fact that Spurs have overtaken Arsenal as the main contender for four spot can only emphasize the gap between Wenger and Redknapp.
Spurs also have retained their best players while Wenger has not, and the fact that Arsenal believe that replacing Fabregas and Nasri with Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta can keep Arsenal in contention is a deluded fantasy.
Arsenal, Everton, and Spurs were all laughing at Liverpool this time last season but I firmly believe in Karma and it has proven me right, Arsenal in current form are a mid table team, Spurs will not overtake Liverpool and Everton are in meltdown both financially and squad wise.
Arsenal’s main problem is the new stadium, the gunners gave up Highbury and moved to the Emirates stadium with all the financial problems that come with it, this move has led to the squad and the transfer budget being decreased year after year with no replacements being brought in, and a new transfer policy of sell before you buy, which can only add to total frustration to Wenger.
The gunners manager has now adopted the blame and rant role that Rafa did before leaving, it seems that Wenger knows he is fighting a losing battle with the owners and is just trying to keep calm and carry on.
It is almost certain that Wenger will go at the end of this season and quite frankly I don’t blame him.
Arsenal’s problems only exists because they sold their history for greed; it’s as brutal and factual as that.
Liverpool on the other hand are now ahead of Spurs, Arsenal and the lacklustre Everton who seem destined for a relegation battle but are in denial about their status.
The Arsenal supporters would have you believe that all is well in their sunflower stadium and that major signings are just a sprinkle of gold dust away but in the real world Arsenal are in deep trouble and the supporters know it.
Spurs never signed anyone of meaningfulness during the transfer window and that rises the issue if Redknapp will still be in charge next season and Everton will have to see if Moyes gets an offer he cannot refuse next summer.
So if any Liverpool fan is still worried about us qualifying for the Champions League don’t, we are in far better shape than our competition and take on board that we have the right owners and the right management to get us there without the drama or stress that some of our challengers have.