Arsene Wenger has had to endure a difficult season and calls for his sack are being fuelled daily. Another disappointing season could see us missing out in the Champions League next season.
Whatever tactics Wenger might have been using the team have stuttered against top opponents and have faltered against teams they should have defeated. In the light of that here are five games that ruined Wenger this season:
Arsenal 3 Liverpool 4 – August 2016
We looked forward to the new season with enthusiasm and were ready to prove our title credentials after finishing second the previous season – our highest in recent seasons. The visit of Liverpool on the opening day provided us that opportunity but we got what we never bargained for as our defensive frailties gave us away. We went from 1-0 up to 4-1 down by the 63rd minute. We managed to pull two goals back but the deed had been done already.
Man City 2 – Arsenal 1 – December
We went unbeaten in the league for three months but missed the chance to go summit of the league standings losing consecutively to Everton and Man City from winning positions.
After dominating against Everton we fell apart late on in the match and after leading by a lone goal at the break at the Etihad Stadium we were undone by Pep Guardiola tactical change at half time which our manager had no response to.
Arsenal 1 – Watford 2 – January
The defeat to Watford at the Emirates Stadium could be marked as the turning point in Arsenal’s title race. Victory over the Hornets would have cut Chelsea’s lead at the top to six points but that was not to be as we fell to a disappointing 2-1 loss at home. And losing to Chelsea the following weekend widened the gap to 12 points.
Arsenal 1- Bayern Munich 5 – March 2017
Arsenal are no Barcelona so there was no way we could have managed to overturn a four-goal deficit after being thrashed 5-1 in Germany two weeks earlier but to ship in four goals in 17 minutes at home is more disgracing than the former.
We were 1-0 up at the break and were wishing for a miracle to avoid another round of 16 exit from the champions league but the manner in which we capitulated after Laurent Koscienly’ red card raised questions about our winning mentality. We eventually lost 10-2 aggregate and have now been knocked out at this stage for the seventh consecutive season.
West Brom 3- Arsenal 1 – March 2017
Still feeling the heat of our embarrassing exit from the Champions League, we made the trip to the Hawthorns who did nothing but to add to our woes. With planes carrying banners for and against Wenger, we were torn apart by The Albions and fell to a 3-1 defeat, dropping to the sixth place.