Arsenal, and certainly Arsene Wenger, feel they didn’t quite deserve to lose at Stamford Bridge, a result that sees them languishing seven points adrift of the league leaders so early in the season. Even Liverpool, in crisis, are closer to them than Chelsea.
But successive league defeats give us a glimpse of the Arsenal of the future: an Arsenal without Cesc Fabregas. It wouldn’t fill Gunners’ fans with confidence.
The manager feels his team has to be more clinical. Surely that’s the way it’s been for half a dozen years now? And who selects the players, imposes the style and chooses when or if to enter the transfer market?
In many ways I applaud Wenger because I love to watch his Arsenal team play, much the most attractive team in the Premier League. But it doesn’t make them winners. And adhering to your principles is fine providing they ‘deliver’.
And, yes, I know we’ve been here before. Does Arsene know?