As the ‘beast in the east’ causes widespread disruption across the UK, perhaps Arsene Wenger will have his fingers crossed that Storm Emma puts a halt to their clash with Premier League champions-elect Manchester City on Thursday night at the Emirates.
As temperatures plummet to below freezing, Arsenal could well receive a frosty reception from their own fans following their pathetic League Cup final collapse against City at Wembley.
Relations between the majority of supporters and the club show no signs of thawing with Sunday’s defeat another one of many nails in the coffin of their fate in the manager and this bunch of players.
Guardiola could not believe his luck that his team could stroll in second gear to a comfortable 3-0 success to win him his first piece of silverware in English football. In reality, it was no surprise the Gunners threw in the towel.
They have been wilting constantly for almost ten years now. Arsene Wenger is well past his sell-by date as the club languish in 6th position and likely to miss out on Champions League football once again. It is only getting worse.
However, the players have been hiding behind Wenger for too long and Gary Neville was correct to slaughter them in commentary.
The Sky Sports pundit made his feeling clear in astonishing fashion:
“I’ve mentioned the walking of the Arsenal players and then the retreating runs of Ramsey and Xhaka, ambling, jogging back,”
“Absolute disgrace they are, they’re an absolute disgrace. Walking on a football pitch at Wembley. Giving up. Spineless.”
Neville said what everyone has been thinking for years and it is about time the weak mentality of the players has been highlighted.
Arsenal are the third biggest club in England with a rich history of great players and winning trophies. While Wenger has contributed to that, Arsenal are now getting smaller day by day as the stubborn French man remains in the hot seat.
If Arsenal were an elite level club, Wenger would have been dismissed at least five years ago. There is a stark lack of ambition within the club from top to bottom. The board see it as a business as they charge the fans sky-high ticket prices to watch a bunch of bottlers.
When Arsene Wenger does eventually leave the club (god only knows how long that will be) then it will be a positive step but there is no quick fix.
Securing the right replacement is crucial but whoever takes charge will have an incredibly difficult job of getting the best out of a set of players who are snowed in by mediocrity.
This is a team that gets bullied away to Tony Pulis teams and overawed by a motivated Sam Allardyce side. How can they even contemplate challenging the very best teams?
Climbing Mount Everest might be an easier task than getting Arsenal back to being serious title contenders.