The Wenger Bus Is Coming?

Arsenal’s season has thus far been characterised by what would appear be a split personality that would leave even Henry Jekyll nodding his head in silent admiration. There have been times this season when they have purred with the same quiet efficiency of his vintage teams of days gone by, but these performances have been punctuated with stuttering, spluttering displays that have made them look like a mid-table Premier League team at best. Many people (almost, it seemed, out of habit) continued to tip them for the Premier League title this season, but it is rapidly becoming apparent that this is no team of title contenders. Last weekend, they looked the championship contenders of old in beating Manchester United in the Premier League, and during the week their youth team swatted Wigan Athletic aside like a mildly irritating fly in the League Cup. Today, however, at good work of the last seven days was undone with a 2-0 home defeat by Aston Villa (Villa’s first away win against Arsenal in fifteen years, as Ray Stubbs repeatedly told us during “Score” this afternoon) which didn’t merely end their realistic chances of winning the league for another season, but also left them clinging on grimly in fourth place in the table on goal difference from Villa, and with Everton also breathing down their necks. This is a sequence of events that...

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