Date: 18th April 2016 at 6:29pm
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Despite Arsene Wenger`s claim earlier this month that this squad is “mentally pure” the Gunners once again blew a lead at the weekend and surrendered yet more points in what is turning out to be an exceedingly disappointing season.

The Gunners dominated the game against Crystal Palace yesterday yet Arsene Wenger`s team contrived to through away yet another lead in a game we should have walked away with.

Before I start ranting I`d like to take this opportunity to say that Arsene Wenger has my utmost respect for everything he has done for our club, he is a legend and deserves to be treated as such. But with that being said it`s time for him to admit that he`s all out of excuses.

The French manager built one of the finest footballing sides this country has ever seen in the early to mid-2000s and was summarily robbed of a chance of years of Manchester United-type dominance by the influx of oil money into the Premier League.

I feel desperately sorry for Wenger in that regard, he assembled an amazing team through years of hard work and painstaking change to English football culture only to see the spoils of war handed to the highest bidders.

It sucks. I hate it. But it is what it is.

Football is dynamic, it`s always changing, evolving, not always for the better it`s true but change continues regardless. The only way to ensure a sustained period of success is to notice those changes and adapt accordingly.

Unfortunately for Arsenal Football Club, Arsene Wenger`s ability to adapt to the hand we`ve been dealt is minimal at best and his stubbornness has landed us in a seemingly endless loop of mediocrity.

We are almost literally in a league of our own. Not good enough to win the league, not bad enough for the board to think of making a change.

One of Arsene`s favourite phrases when we`re playing badly is “judge us at the end of the season”, well I think this season it`s ok to judge the team now (in fact it might be beneficial to him to do it now, because it`s not going to get any better than it is right now but it sure can get a hell of a lot worse) and the diagnosis is not very good.

An argument has been made in the past that Arsenal finish almost exactly where they should given the amount of money that the other clubs had at their disposal and their ability to sign almost anyone bar the world`s top four or five players, but this excuse is no longer applicable.

Both Leicester and Spurs have defied the odds to the point that one of them will win the title this season (for god`s sake let it be The Foxes) and they have done so without the aid of Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark.

There is no good reason why Arsenal should not have won the league this season with the squad of players we have. With the exception of possibly the striker`s position Arsenal have, individually the best squad of players out of the top three but collectively we are less than the sum of our parts.

And that has to land at Wenger`s feet.

There are no more excuses.