This is what a REAL cri­sis looks like, Arsene

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ARSENE WENGER is fire­fight­ing af­ter just one league game fol­low­ing Satur­day’s em­bar­rass­ing 3-1 de­feat to Villa.

And if Arse­nal flop in Fener­bahce tonight, the Gun­ners man­ager could soon be the Guy on the bon­fire as fans’ fury fans the flames at the Emi­rates.

It would be easy to be­moan mod­ern football and blame the “I want it now” cul­ture that per­vades fan­dom th­ese days for this lat­est “cri­sis”. It would be easy to point to how Wenger has proved his crit­ics wrong by qual­i­fy­ing for the Cham­pi­ons League 16 years in a row, de­spite sell­ing good player af­ter good player.

But this time it feels dif­fer­ent. This time the ex­cuses scream bull­shit. This time Wenger looks wor­ried – and so he should be.

#WENGEROUT was trend­ing on Twit­ter on Satur­day night.

The shit hasn’t so much hit the fan as cov­ered it com­pletely.

The Gun­ners set up tonight’s qual­i­fier in Turkey by the skin of their teeth last sea­son, pip­ping Spurs by a point to take fourth spot.

Since then, they have let SEVENTEEN play­ers go and brought in one – Yaya Sanogo – on a free trans­fer.

“Spend, spend, spend” read the ban­ners at the Emi­rates on Satur­day – and it’s easy to see why.

Arse­nal lack a leader, a defender or two, a con­vinc­ing goal­keeper AND a goalscorer.

Yet, de­spite three months to solve the prob­lems that are as bla­tant as Wenger’s sleep­ing bag coat is shit, SO Man United didn’t curl up and die to mark David Moyes’ first proper match in charge. Shocker. Not that it stopped the crit­i­cism.

The 4-1 win over Swansea was said by many to be tes­ta­ment to the win­ning men­tal­ity Alex Fer­gu­son in­stilled in the side.

And that’s Moyes’ prob­lem – he won’t get any credit when it goes right, yet plenty will point the fin­ger when it goes wrong.

It’s go­ing to be a long sea­son for Mr Gi­ant Eyes. noth­ing has hap­pened apart from the doomed at­tempt to lure Luis Suarez from Liver­pool and a des­per­ate crack at sign­ing Yohan Cabaye from New­cas­tle.

Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gus­tavo also slipped through the net.

On Satur­day, Wenger tried to bite back at the crit­cis, but in do­ing so he just made things worse.

“We are there to spend money,” he said. “Peo­ple say, ‘Buy play­ers, buy play­ers, buy play­ers’, but who? We an­a­lyse ev­ery sin­gle player in the world and work 24 hours a day for that.”


Who? Well, if Arse­nal were se­ri­ously in the mar­ket for a goal­keeper, As­mir Be­govic shouts loud.

Gor­don Banks rates the Stoke No.1 as one of the best and you sus­pect he’d be will­ing to swap one end of the Pre­mier League ta­ble for the other.

Are fans re­ally sup­posed to ac­cept that there isn’t a player in the world who would im­prove Arse­nal when the club is sit­ting on a kitty of £70mil­lion?

All Wenger’s dal­ly­ing has done is make Arse­nal look des­per­ate. So clubs will try to squeeze more out of any deal – and play­ers will think twice about walk­ing into a shit­storm.

It’s a shit­storm that could sweep Wenger off his feet if it goes tits up in Turkey tonight.

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