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Arsenal: The latest club to demonstrate how the word 'crisis' is incredibly overused

There's been a lot of talk about Arsenal lately, some even saying they're in crisis. But are they really in a crisis?

Hysteria surrounding football clubs is brilliant, a couple of defeats, one bad defeat or maybe even if a small rift in the dressing room means that the football club is somehow plunged into crisis.

Arsenal are the latest, it always seems to be Groundhog Day for them, and their latest ‘crisis’ was after their 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa, but a few days later they sweep aside Fenarbache in Turkey in the first leg of their Champions League play-off, does that really look like a club in crisis?

There are concerns about Arsenal and that is understandable - papering over 'cracks' the club has is a plausible analysis given the lack of transfer activity.

After finishing in the Champions League places by a point last season ahead of fierce rivals Tottenham, a significant gap has been closed, and if Arsenal were to drop out of the four this season it can be very hard to get back, you only need to ask Liverpool that question.

But one defeat equals a crisis, nowadays. Arsenal need to make signings to secure their status as a Champions League club, nobody has an issue with that, but to say a club is in crisis at this stage of the season is bonkers.

It wouldn’t be a surprise after all this if they went to Fulham and won at the weekend and one of the other top clubs were to drop points or lose, will they be the next team to be in a crisis?

Arsenal aren’t the first, nor will they be the last be given this ridiculous tag. Andre Villas Boas was supposedly in a crisis at the early stages of last season with Tottenham when they got off to a slow start, yet his side only just missed out on Champions League qualification.

Manchester City were in crisis over the Carlos Tevez situation yet they went on to win the league, Chelsea have had several ‘crises’ during their time under Roman Abramovich.

One that springs to mind is the 2011/12 season, they ended up as FA Cup winners and European champions. Granted it took a change of manager, but wasn’t it just a case of altering the way they play and the ‘turmoil’ was exaggerated a little?

It was said last season that Rafa Benitez was overseeing a crisis during his time at Chelsea following alleged dressing room bust-ups, but he managed to deliver Champions League qualification and a trophy for the club.

His time was also painted as a crisis at Liverpool, when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Barnsley in the FA Cup in 2008, though Benitez led them to the Champions League semi-final then the following season led the side to their best league showing since 1990, evidence of a team and manager in crisis!

In all of those cases, if there was really a crisis, would they have achieved what they did? The answer is no. Arsenal are not in a crisis right now, so there is no need to get so hysterical.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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