I have a few theories why a relatively decent team is unable to find the net from an open play for eight games in a row.
My first theory is the scariest one. I’m afraid Arteta is being sabotaged by his own players. Say whatever you want but David Luiz, Xhaka, Willian and Aubameyang look disinterested in making things better for the club. To make things worse, all four seems to be un-droppable for different reasons. Auba used to press the goalkeepers – he no longer does it. His body language is awful. He picks wrong solutions in the final third so often that it’s unbelievable. And when I say unbelievable, I mean I don’t believe what I see. Willian’s name is mentioned in the Panama Papers. He used to play for Chelsea and Kia Joorabchian was involved in his transfer. Now, there are too many dots that, if connected in a way I have done it, make a really ugly picture, especially if we add his compatriot DL into the equation. David Luiz played for Chelsea. Twice. He was part of three weird transfers (Benfica to Chelsea, Chelsea to PSG, PSG to Chelsea) and each one of those looks suspicious. Xhaka has already sent Wenger to deserved retirement and then he helped Emery going there as well. He looked lively under Arteta but right now he looks lost in every possible way. What he did last night in the moment when we were on top is beyond idiotic. If I were Arteta, Xhaka would have returned home on stretchers. What worries me, it’s almost like Xhaka (v Burnley) and Pepe (v Leeds) had the whole script written about their self-combust. You don’t do that unless you want your gaffer to get sacked. (Now, this is a madman theory, LE GALL!)
The second theory is the most lenient one and slightly resembles to the one of LE GALL. Simply, the players were hoping Mesut Özil, who is still a popular figure among the players, would be restored to the team. Since his name didn’t find the place on the “25” list and he publicly expressed his disappointment, our team has looked like a hopeless bunch of players. I feel players were holding onto their positions with desire and optimism as long as there was hope the cavalierly would arrive. Once they realized the cavalierly wouldn’t come because Arteta decided to go along with Edu’s wishes and shot Mesut’s horse, they have downed their tools and want this season to end as soon as possible.
Finally, there is a third theory that should worry us the most. We are simply not good enough. Arteta is not a good manager even if he is an excellent coach. Aubameyang is a third-rate player who is a first-rate goalscorer and, what is the worst thing, a fifth-rate captain. Lacazette is a second-rate player who is a third-rate goalscorer with a fourth-rate mental strength. Willian is a 32-year-old has-been. Bellerin is a 25-year-old RB who has never learned how to cross the ball with technique and never fully restored his form following an ugly injury. Holding is a £2m central defender with huge potential who went through the series of ugly injuries that reduce the chance of fulfilling the potential. Saka is a teenager who has been overplayed because he is the only one capable of showing creativity week in and out. Pepe is another example why Arsenal Football Club should not be given big money to spend. Leno is an excellent shot-stopper with poor commanding skills. Gabriel is an excellent central defender and Tierney is an excellent left back who would have had immense stats had we had a Giroud as our CF.
I once quoted Ante Mladinić here. He was a great Yugoslavian/Croatian coach. Here is a quote I only recently read. Mladinić once said about his mother-club Hajduk Split: “Hajduk can go through the crisis of performing and the crisis of results but Hajduk must never go through the crisis of management!”
Unfortunately, Arsenal have managed to complete the sh*t hat-trick of crises.