After yet another stale performance against mediocre opposition, Arsene Wenger must solve Arsenal's lack of creativity. The Gunners drew 1-1 at Southampton, in a game in which they struggled to create.
This impotency in attack is no isolated incident. Think back to Arsenal's 1-0 defeat away to Norwich City or the Capital One Cup humiliation against Bradford City.
Several times this season, Arsenal have been stymied by an absence of intelligence and quality in forward areas. The problem is the Gunners possess only one dynamic playmaker.
That player is Santi Cazorla, who stumbled through an indifferent performance against Southampton. Cazorla has been Arsenal's outstanding player for most of the season.
However, expecting the ex-Malaga star to deliver magic every game, is an unrealistic demand. The problem is that if Cazorla doesn't produce, Arsenal lose.
He was pressed and harried by Southampton and nobody else was able to pick up the burden of creativity. That's because no other play in Arsenal's midfield or forward line, possesses the technical verve and acumen to turn a game.
It is a serious problem, but apparently not one Wenger is oblivious to. Speaking to Sky Sports, the frustrated Frenchman lamented the lack of creativity.
Of course this isn't the first time this season the Arsenal manager has had to say that. How many more times can he bang this drum, before Arsenal's season sinks into the mire?
With both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur stronger and Everton creeping around, the answer is not too much longer. That is if Arsenal want even a hope of snatching that prized top four finish.
Wenger must add another forward-thinking, inventive, flair player to his starting 11. That has to be his real priority during the January transfer window.
Whether that player is a central schemer, or a more fluid and crafty wide forward, Wenger must find him and fast. Arseblog News has reported that Wenger is promising a busy transfer period this winter.
Finding the kind of technical and intelligent players his best Arsenal sides have featured, should occupy most of Wenger's time.986806