Arsenal players were still hurting from their 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace but they were further intrigued when they were given a Monday off by manager Arsene Wenger.
Lately, players and Wenger’s own coaching staff ha vebeen left puzzled with some of his decisions including training schedules, team selections and substitutions.
According to club’s official website Wenger had also given Friday off to the players before the Palace game. That is not it, Gunners stars were allowed Sunday and Monday off following the traumatic 3-3 draw against West Ham.
Arsenal had let slip a 2-0 lead to play a 3-3 draw against the Hammers which all but ruled out a possibility for a title push this season. Their draw against Palace was another damning result in club’s quest to end their 12-year Premier League trophy drought.
So much so, after starting the year 2016 on top of the league table, Wenger’s side are now 13 point behind the league leaders. Perhaps the most telling thing for Wenger will be to see Spurs finish ahead of Arsenal for the first time under his watch.
Amid these difficult times, players found it hard to find a reason why they were getting a day off when they should have trained ahead of their match against West Brom this Thursday.
Wenger’s team selection and substitutions in recent games have left fans questioning their manager. Last week against West Ham, Petr Cech and Per Mertesacker were kept on bench despite knowing Andy Carrol’s aerial strength and West Ham’s finishing abilities.
In the same game at 3-2 down, Arsenal boss decided to sent Aaron Ramsey on rather than using Joel Campbell, who has been in fine form in recent weeks. At present, Wenger’s own coaching staff is not sure of the Frenchman’s decision.
According to The Telegraph, Wenger is tipped to see out his contract which expires next season, however, seeing him at Emirates beyond that looks unlikely. He has come under extreme pressure from his own fans, who even believe that they will never win anything under Arsene regardless of the money being spent.
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