Stoke 3 v Arsenal 1

Arsene Wenger is an intelligent man, a man with letters after his name and along with his masters degree in economics, he is a master of languages too. You would think therefore think that Wenger would know and understand the phrase ” you have to buy,” in English and then either in French – “Il faut acheter,” in Spanish – “Hay que comprar,” and in German – ” Wir muss verkaufen,” to replenish his side who succumbed to a sad loss at the Britannia Stadium.

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Faithful

Kenwynne Jones, Jermaine Pennant and Jon Walters may have netted for Stoke, and even with Robin Van Persie having scored to briefly half the arrears to 2-1 with his 16th goal of the season, the Gunners were never really at or anywhere near the level expected to win at a hostile ground where Aaron Ramsey returned to for a first half performance that showed promise. Sadly for Wenger that is all that Arsenal have, and another season without silverware will not sit well with the Arsenal faithful or Wenger himself.

Lean

Failure to re-inforce last summer and then to spend in the January transfer window in the most porous of Premiership defences was always going to be further heartache in north London and the patient fans who have backed Wenger through the lean years now need answers and to one question in particular. Why won’t Wenger spend the money?

Wrong

The famed Arsenal spirit, desire and fight that the Arsenal manager speaks of were all lacking in a game that Wenger said that Arsenal would fight for, but for all their overwhelming early possession, Arsenal failed to register any strike on target in a first half that once again came to characterise all that has gone wrong at Arsenal and their season in general

Culpable

It was good to see Thomas Vermaelen back if only on the substitutes bench, and he alongside Johan Djourou may yet be Wenger’s preferred central defensive pairing. It would then have come as an utter shock for Wenger to see Djourou have his poorest game for the Gunners with the Switzerland defender culpable for all three of the home side’s goals. Harsh some may say, but for all their eye catching football, there remains the fallibility, the fragility to concede when Arsenal do not have the ball.

Swift

It is simply not good enough, and with transfer rumours regarding the future of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy bound to detract from a summer when Arsenal need to strengthen, Wenger needs to act swiftly and get rid of those that don’t want to be at the Emirates and bring in those that do. The players must now respond for the two remaining games of the season, but with morale at an all time low, that could yet prove to be a tough task to ask of a team who appear to be already thinking of their summer break.