Wenger singles out reason for Arsenal demise - Who to blame?

Arsenal have won one point from a possible six and seen their title aspirations take a huge hit, why does the manager think this is?

As Arsenal attempt to dissect reasons behind the club falling behind in the title race, Arsene Wenger used a credible excuse.

In blaming the injuries the club have suffered, the Frenchman raises a valid point, although questions remain.

He told Arsenal.com: "We have not too much room to come back into it, but we have to get some players back. It is difficult to fight with half the team out."

Against Swansea, Arsenal were missing key players Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey. Five first team stars who would replenish any squad in world football.

Take Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Samir Nasri out of Manchester City's squad, and how would they cope? How would Chelsea get on without John Terry, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Ramires and Nemanja Matic?

So is there really anybody to blame at Arsenal for their current predicament? Sadly for Wenger, if anybody is attracting the finger of blame, it's he himself.

The manager has already announced the club are investigating their continuing injury woes, with a potential view to seeing if training methods need to be adapted in order to prevent further misfortune.

The second area Wenger needs to look at is whether he in fact has strengthened the squad enough to allow for the injury problems. Mesut Ozil lacks a geunine back-up, who would also be able to take pressure off him when fully fit. In defence, questions continue to remain over Thomas Vermaelen, and an injury to him or Per Mertesacker on Tuesday would have left the club in an unwelcome situation.

In midfield the club's lack of a top level defensive midfielder is well documented almost as much as the fact they have no striker capable of truly challenging the mediocre Olivier Giroud.

With Theo Walcott out, the club's attack looks one-paced with no player able to offer the same threat as the England international.

Wenger's excuse regarding injuries holding the club back is a credible argument, but if he really wants an explanation as to just why his stars' absence has been so pronounced, it is only he who has had the ability to plan ahead for such a circumstance.

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