Arsenal fans would love to see the back of January as the club is facing a myriad of on and off the field problems. On the field of play, Arsenal is putting in some shambolic and woeful performances while off the field; the club has to deal with losing some of its stars. However, if there is one thing Arsenal would love to hold onto, it is their proud ‘Invincible’ record that the club will preserve for another year after Manchester City finally lost a league game against Liverpool in a pulsating end to end match that definitely emptied the pockets of punters who were live betting during the match.
On the field
Arsenal’s last two away results have infuriated many fans. First was the away game to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup in which the team lost to a struggling Championship team by four goals to two. Though the manager named a starting 11 of experienced and youth players, what angered the fans was the team’s bench. The game did not have a single experienced attacking player that could come off the bench and change the match when things went wrong, something that did happen. The next away match was against Bournemouth. Despite leading for the majority of the match, Arsenal’s defensive frailties came back as Bournemouth came from behind to take the lead.
Off the field
All of Arsenal’s games this January have been played to dampened crowds as fans are disappointed by the club’s recent transfer dealings. The club’s best player Alexis Sanchez is on his way out, fellow star players Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere’s contracts expire in four months’ time and even though they have been given contract extension, none has put pen to paper at the time of writing. In addition to these, the club has also let go of squad players, Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin. In spite of all these outbound transfers, no new players have been brought in.
Only record to defend still intact
The only source of smiles for Arsenal fans this January has been provided by Liverpool who inflicted Manchester City’s first defeat thereby keeping intact Arsenal’s invincible record of the 2003/04 season. However, as has been seen, not many Arsenal fans care much about the invincible record especially those who were not yet around during the 2003/04 season and those who have little knowledge about its importance.