Arsenal’s abject performance in Monday night’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace confirmed something to Gunners fans. It confirmed the fact that a lot of the current squad are not fit to wear the shirt, as the chant goes.
Palace simply wanted it more and played on Arsenal’s weaknesses. However, their approach was obvious from the start. They were going to hit Christian Benteke at every possible opportunity.
This is not the beautiful game at its best, but it’s highly effective, especially against a team that looked scared of the Belgian striker. Palace were deserved winners against an Arsenal side that simply did not look good enough.
Did any players deserve credit against Palace?
Not one of the Arsenal players deserved credit for their display against the Eagles. Even star player Alexis Sanchez seems to have had a very worryingly quiet game. Nobody showed any desire, quality or heart in the game.
When you look at the Arsenal team against Palace I highly doubt that many of them would get near any of the Gunners top six rivals. The most highly rated players like Mesut Ozil, the aforementioned Sanchez and even right-back Hector Bellerin have struggled for form in recent weeks.
The win over West Ham was a bit of a false dawn. Arsenal have too many nearlymen in their team. The likes of Gabriel, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck are players that are just not good enough or managed well enough to reach their potential.
Big-money signing Granit Xhaka has also struggled to make his mark in the Premier League, although he has made his mark on a few Premier League opponents this season.
Shkodran Mustafi has also struggled in recent months, as Arsenal have been leaking goals at an alarming rate in the English top-flight, especially on their travels.
Major outsiders for a top-four finish
The Gunners are now odds of 13/2 to make the top-four this season, a requirement that has always seemingly kept boss Arsene Wenger in a job in north London.
Arsenal are now seven points behind fourth-place Manchester City, with a game in hand. Even with that game in hand, it looks like a tall order for Arsenal to finish in the Champions League spots this season.
Finishing outside the top four would have been unthinkable at the start of the season. However, poor management and players who don’t seem to have any motivation look to have contributed to that eventual outcome this season.
Which of the Arsenal players should be heading towards the exit this summer?