Monday, 19 August 2013

Oxlade-Chamberlain faces months out injured -Fenerbahce win even more critical now

Morning Gooners.

It's hard not to start the week feeling depressed about what happened on Saturday. Everyone tends to go into the start of the new season with optimism and despite the lack of transfers, I was feeling confident we could get a result over an average Villa side. But it wasn't to be and we ended up with three first team players injured, which rubbed salt into the very open wound.

We go into Wednesday night's game with Fenerbahce with a threadbare squad, which will be without Bacary Sagna more than likely, and certainly be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who looks set to be out for months following his knee injury picked up just before half time on Saturday.

There are reports of infighting within our own support inside the ground on Saturday and a call for talks over a new contract for the manager to be put on hold. It really does feel like we are a club in crisis and I cannot pinpoint when it will get better.

Everyone knows the manager needs to spend. He's admitted he was on the look out for new players before the match and will continue to be on the market until the window closes. What needs to happen is for some decisive action to be taken in the transfer market because time is running out.

What will help the mood is if we start winning games. And that's an uphill struggle given the position we find ourselves in. We've got a huge match on Wednesday night and one which we need to ensure we're not beaten in.

There is often talk of fourth place being like a trophy because it ensures us of a place in the Champions League qualifiers at least. But there is no point in us struggling all season to get into the top four if we're going to blow up before we've reached the group stages.

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