Following Arsenal’s dreadful 4-0 defeat to Liverpool over the weekend the fallout continues.
The Gunners were soundly beaten by their north-west counterparts at Anfield, failing to register a single shot on goal over the 90 minutes and pressure, even at this early stage of the season, is now mounting on veteran manager Arsene Wenger.
One man who believes the players are not playing for their boss, and have not done for years, is outspoken Arsenal great Ian Wright who had his say on the matter while speaking on BBC Five Live Sport in the aftermath of the game.
Going all the way back to Wenger’s 1000th game in charge, the former striker pinpoints this as perhaps the major turning point in Arsenal’s decline before explaining how they’re not doing it for their current boss.
‘The players are no longer playing for their manager. Without a shadow of a doubt.
“That team has not played for that manager for years. People will say, “what about the semi-final what about the final?” Those were two games. If they lost those games, he probably would have lost his job.
“The saddest thing about the Arsenal players is they obviously can do it when they want to.”
With a huge amount of pressure already on the team’s shoulders after a poor opening to the season, the international break is arguably coming at the best time possible for Arsenal with a week away sure to benefit the squad.
However, if Wright is correct and the players are in fact taking their eye off the ball, a disastrous season could be in store for the north London heavyweights. Only time will tell if Wenger can turn things around and put together any sort of challenge to the Premier League’s title-chasing sides.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena