Re: Questions For Arsenal Fans..
I'm no Arsenal fan but I analyze every big teams nearly here on NB and here's what I said about Arsenal at the start of season:
"Arsenal lacks finishing cruelly. As I feared, Cazorla leads midfield section admirably well but he's no offensive leader. Arsenal needs someone to inspire them in their offense like they always had; be it Henry, Fab, Nasri or RVP. I'm skeptical for them because I don't see any player capable of wearing that leader's armor. They got a good team with good template. Nonetheless, they always depend upon a leader who inspire their strike. They are in correct terms 'Gunners' but what's the point of a cannon if no one lights up the wick?"
I can't say I went much wrong in my analysis. Arsenal is a team who crucially NEEDS a leader. It's not the team of Henry/Pires/Bergkamp/Viera ect... generation but a team based on teamplay glued by a leader. Cazorla indeed inspired most of Arsenal plays but as they became over-reliant on him, he started dropping form. He's an excellent player; but not a leader. Same goes for Wilshere. Walcott has been better than my expectations but injuries and contract issues haven't helped him advance. Podolski flopped while Giroud is on slow-rate improvement. Gervinho is mostly irritating. Ox lost his shine. Rosisky and Diaby are too often on injury-bed.
In short, I'm not surprised of their form. Arsenal is a team who relies on a leader who pulls all the others - a driver; whether it's a goal-scorer or a playmaker. But as I feared with their recruitments, they chose good add-ons to embellish teamplay but no leader capable of making this team flowing. It's a team whose spirit and playstyle is disrupted when there's no leader. It's nice when some players put on the leader-shirt to call it a day in some matches like Cazorla/Giroud/Walcott did in 6-8 matches but they don't repeat it on constant basis.
And that can be seen in matches like against Norwich, Villa or Swansea where 2-3 seasons before, players like Fab, Nasri, RVP would have endorse their responsibility and pull Arsenal through barely in those kind of matches. And since their defence has never been their forte, they end up concending match-deciders goals in last-minutes as they failed to break the lock due to absence of a key leader. Worst is that their defence gets also leaky in big matches and makes shocking mistakes like against Liverpool, United or Shalke.
Many are blaming it on Wenger and his choices to rely on players like Gervinho, Podolski, Jenkinson, Ramsey ect... While I agree that his system of playing many players out of position costs Arsenal, it's wrong to ask for his head out of Emirates. Their team lacks a talent capable of inspiring the 10 others on the field on constant basis. Maybe, he's just trying to play 11 players capable of having great field-understanding instead of relying on individual abilities; knowing that he does not possess someone with the ability Arsenal needs to remain at the top. The fault goes mainly to the way the Arsenal board has fixed their ambitions and spending policy.
If someone needs to be sacked, I'd say kick Gazidis, Kroenke and all their minions out first. Then give Wenger some months to see how he fares with a new board and staffs. If he still can't get the job done and succeed in the expectations, then it may be time to say farewell to him.