Are Arsenal in crisis? No, not yet at least. Here's why.
The Daily Star today claims Arsenal are in crisis, with Arsene Wenger 'holding desperate talks with his squad to save their season'.
After successive defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, it's easy to see why this sort of hyperbole is cropping up as soon as January.
But fear not Arsenal fans. here's why you shouldn't get worried just yet.
It's January, and Spurs may choke, remember last year?
It's still far too soon to start writing Arsenal off; they may have less points than they did at this time last year, but providing they win their game in hand, they are just four points behind Tottenham in fourth. That's small-change compared to the 10 point gap they overhauled last season. It's way too early to tell whether this Spurs team have the bottle to hold out again this season, Arsenal have been there and done it and there is no reason to overreact with so much football left to be played.
Theo Walcott has stopped the walkouts, and the British core is secured
If Arsenal are in crisis now, imagine if they had announced Theo Walcott would not be renewing his contract. Walcott has stopped the trend of star players walking out on the club, and now they can look positively towards the future. He isn't the only one to tie himself down, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey have all renewed, and long-term the future is bright.
Money and time is still available for reinforcements
Walcott's contract situation has overshadowed this transfer window, but now it's sorted Arsenal can look positively towards the final week. They have money to spend, and right now supporters must remain hopeful Arsene Wenger brings in a top target. If he doesn't, then there will be a lot of frustrated fans, but right now the hope is still there.
The chance of FA Cup silverware is still on the table
We all know it's been seven years since Arsenal won a trophy, but perhaps this is their year? They overcame a tough Swansea side in the third round, but face a potentially tricky tie to Brighton next up. Few sides will have the motivation to win the trophy Arsenal do, and that can carry them through to the latter stages. The Champions League isn't impossible either - Even though their tie with Bayern looks a tough ask, Chelsea showed last year that even the most unlikely set of events can be achieved.
Injuries are easing and Arteta is due back
Arsenal's injury worries are easing and that has to be a good sign for the Gunners. Abou Diaby is finally back, although fans are right to question for how long, but Mikel Arteta's return could be even more important. The Spaniard is due back for the Liverpool game on January 30, while Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who both missed the Chelsea tie with illness are expected back imminently. With all key players healthy, Arsenal can make a sustained late season rally.
Are Arsenal in crisis? Or do you agree we are not at that stage just yet...
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