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DOES ANYONE AT ARSENAL ACTUALLY HAVE THE BOTTLE TO SACK WENGER?
Okay so it really does appear that Arsene Wenger cannot be touched at Arsenal and it must be true that he absolutely runs the club from top to bottom.
Another shambolic performance at Brighton led to a fourth defeat in a row for Wenger men, after which he said that his side passive, struggling for confidence and heavy legged but responded well in the second half on a minute, let just reflect on this latest defeat and that statement.
This was an Arsenal side that had suffered back to back defeats against Manchester City by no means a huge crime given their stunning form but Brighton had not beaten the Gunners in 36 years and while the Seagulls have done well this season, scoring goals has hardly been their forte. That said they were 2 1 up at the break and it could easily have been five.
Arsenal were bullied in that first half, completely outworked and outplayed by Chris Hughton men. Glenn Murray could have been Sergio Aguero the way he tormented Mustafi and Koscielny two top internationals against a 34 year old journeyman. It was embarrassing.
Wenger previous Arsenal incarnations, particularly over his first 10 years in charge, also had an identity about them but this latest rabble are exactly that.
Defenders that don defend properly, midfielders who strut around passing it sideways and backwards and attacking players who are sick of making runs, not being found and then eventually just giving up.
This is so obviously a group of players who are no longer playing for their manager. The whole world can see it, apart from the Arsenal board it would seem.
Wenger, who it must not be forgotten has done some great things for football in England since his arrival in 1996, seems to have so much power at Arsenal that he will only leave on his terms and no others. Giving one man such power can only end in tears.
Let face it he should have gone at the end of last season, when a large number of Arsenal fans were calling for his head, but ended up signing a new deal instead. That pretty much sums up the situation at The Emirates.
Arsenal are in need of a huge lift to get them through the remainder of the season, with their upcoming double header against AC Milan in the Europa League now becoming must win.
That will be their only route back into the Champions League, crash out and it season over in March and Wenger legacy will be utterly destroyed.
Of course the ideal scenario is that he walks a way with at least a little dignity but we all know that will not happen.
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OUR PLAYER OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS
With most teams having played 29 games so far this Premier League season, it about time we started looking at possible Player of the Year contenders.
Obviously with Manchester City running away with the league it would be possible to pick six contenders who all play in Sky Blue, but to be different we only gone with three Kevin De Bruyne
The first player on the list doesn really need an awful lot of introduction. The Belgian has been an absolute revelation for Pep Guardiola side this season, taking his game to a new level and staking his claim as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.
De Bruyne has 30 combined goals and assists in 42 appearances in all competitions this season, including a league leading 14 assists in the Premier League. There is absolutely no question that the former Chelsea man has been a driving force in a season of pure dominance for the blue half of Manchester.
2. Mohamed Salah
In terms of the best signing of summer 2017, it hard to look past Mo Salah. Another former Chelsea man who has gone on to bigger things, the Egypt international has been one of the key men in a blistering Liverpool attack which has scored the most goals in the Premier League.
He is currently level with Harry Kane atop the scoring charts with 24 league goals, but every time Salah scores the crowd seems to be in awe. If Liverpool can keep hold of him, and that may be a big then they have a forward who can lead them back to glory.
3. David Silva
Now David Silva doesn lead Manchester City in assists. He not even second on the team. However, nobody can deny the influence that the Spaniard has in Guardiola team.
This season, he has nine assists in the Premier League and six goals, but that doesn tell the whole story. The way David Silva dictates play is mesmerising; often being the link between City pressing midfield and their potent attack. He may be 32, but the former Valencia man is in the form of his life.
4. David De Gea
It is perhaps a telling sign that the one name on this list from Manchester United is the goalkeeper. But, to be fair, he is one of the best in the world in his position if not the best.
The 27 year old has conceded just 20 goals in 28 Premier League games including 15 clean sheets and continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid. United fans must enjoy watching De Gea while they can, because his astounding acrobatics may not be around for too much longer.