?Wenger has endured one of his most frustrating seasons as Arsenal boss so far
Just days after Arsenal was lurching towards another crisis, Arsene Wenger can suddenly look to a bright future thanks to a revitalized attack spearheaded by Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. An error-strewn performance in a 3-1 defeat at struggling Swansea last Tuesday was the latest low point of a troubled season for Arsenal. Coming just days after Alexis Sanchez finally got his wish to leave Arsenal in a blockbuster move to Manchester United, Wenger was once again under fire from angry fans frustrated by the club’s failure to win the Premier League since 2004.But a week is a long time in the frenzied world of England football and by the final whistle at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, the Arsenal manager was all smiles as he reflected on the speed at which perceptions can change.
It was little wonder Wenger was in such an upbeat mood as he had just watched Gabonese striker Aubameyang, a ?56 million club record signing from Borussia Dortmund, and Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan produce superb first appearances at their new club’s stadium in a 5-1 demolition of Everton. A blur of one touching passing, with Mesut Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi switching positions behind Aubameyang, Arsenal’s effervescent performance was by far their most encouraging of a season that sees them engaged in a draining battle to qualify for the Champions League. Before kick-off in North London, even that target seemed further away than ever.Not only was Arsenal’s malaise a cause for concern, but there were also doubts over Wenger’s moves for former Dortmund team-mates Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.”When you have new players it gives always a little positive swing, and it wakes everybody up as well because there’s suddenly competition so they have to live with that as well,” said Wenger, who now faces the conundrum of how to use the previous record signing Alexandre Lacazette.
Aresenal will face Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime at Wembley, a venue where Wenger’s team have won last nine matches including there three FA Cup Finals. “It is a big game because we are behind in the table and we need to catch up,” Wenger says. “It’s more importantly mathematically for us to come back as quickly as possible, rather than it being emotionally charged.”??