The Gunners came into the campaign with high hopes of challenging for the title following last season’s FA Cup triumph and the double signing of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.
Yet, after just 12 games of the league season gone, the title challenge has all but disappeared after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United saw them drop to eighth spot in the table, 15 points off first place.
According to many observers, the current problems are the same which have not been rectified for a number of years – no defensive cover, a lack of a strong defensive midfielder and little signs of leadership.
Boss Wenger, however, is a man of his word and the likelihood of him altering his philosophy which initially brought the Gunners so much success isn’t worth questioning.
That, according to the Spanish expert Balague, is the underlying problem at the Emirates Stadium as he wrote of the Frenchman’s deficiencies on his blog for Spanish publication AS.
“Wenger is lost, he belongs in another era and the group of supporters that wishes for him to leave is growing with each passing week,” he wrote.
“Over the last two years he has had a net spend of £90 million and he has only achieved one FA Cup title. He no longer buys and sells well, and he takes strange decisions.
“Fabregas was offered in the summer, but Wenger decided that he didn’t want him and that with Mesut Ozil what he had was sufficient.”
The decision not to buy Fabregas looks all the more bizarre when considering the Gunners’ lack of quality central midfield depth and his stunning form at Stamford Bridge.
Wenger’s position at the club is seemingly as secure as it always has been, but if Jurgen Klopp can be convinced to leave Dortmund in the near future, then surely the time is right to have a change in direction.