Who’s To Blame For Arsenal’s Woes – Arsenal Owner Kareoke or Head Coach Arteta?
The 2019/2020 Premier League season is set to be one of the worst league seasons for Arsenal, as they are set to finish between being 8th to 10th, which is their lowest league ending position since 1995.
A lot of fans and analysts have largely put the blame on club owner, Stan Kroenke, who has been constantly accused of failing to provide funds for the club to get the best players in the market, and try to match up with other big clubs in England and Europe in general.
Just yesterday, Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat to relegation threatened side Aston Villa. Few minutes into the match, a plane with banner flew over Villa Park, with a message that read: ‘Back Arteta Kroenke Out’ in a mixture of black and red letters.
The banner was a sign from the discontentment of fans over the way Kroenke runs the club and this is largely understandable considering how low Arsenal has fallen over the years. Arteta has publicly suggested that for the club to return back to the top and compete for titles, he needs the backing of the club financially, something his predecessor Unai Emery, had complained about.
The appointment of Arteta was expected to stabilize the team, after Unai Emery was sacked back in November after overseeing the clubs worst run of games since time in memorial. With little to no time left to get his team in shape and adapt, Arteta took the mantle of the club and his first three games resulted in a draw against Bournemouth, an undeserved defeat to Chelsea and a win over Manchester United.
With five wins in six games, he appeared to be the right choice, then Covid-19 brought a stop to football. Since the resumption of football, the same characteristics of Emery’s Arsenal seems to be appearing in Artetas. They took the lead in matches against Brighton and Tottenham, only to eventually lose the game.
Arteta is partly to blame for their terrible season, as sometimes he takes quite an overly conservative approach, in a Mourinho esque manner. They need new defenders as David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, are definitely not cut for it, although Luiz appears to have found his form in a back 3, but what happens when there’s need to play a back 4? They definitely have no answer to that.
Victories against Manchester City and Liverpool are the shining light in their season, and a huge possibility of lifting the FA Cup, signaling there’s a bit of good to come if Arteta is backed.
Kreonke and Arteta are definitely the culprits for Arsenal’s terrible season, but the blame could also be put on the interruption of football caused by Covid-19, halting the team’s good run and putting them in a financial tight position. If Arsenal are to return to the top, Kroenke needs to really back the club financially and provoked belief in Arteta, while Arteta needs to step up his game and avoid the unnecessary dropping of points, which has put them in their current position.
So you tell us: who’s to blame for Arsenal’s woes?
By: Muyiwa Aguda
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