Crystal Palace cruised to a 3-0 win at home to Arsenal yesterday evening, prompting Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher to lay into Theo Walcott in brutal fashion following the final whistle.
Throughout the course of today, I’ve seen comments from Palace fans bemoaning the lack of credit given to our players in the aftermath of what was a monumental win but we must accept that our display acted as a catalyst for a far bigger story at a national level.
Whilst speculation over Arsene Wenger’s future has been a regular topic of conversation in the sporting press for a number of years, it’s difficult to escape the feeling that the Frenchman’s mammoth spell as Arsenal boss is reaching the point of no return. Whether you look towards the unrest amongst their supporters or the huge uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of their biggest stars, this season has seen the balance of power fall out of Wenger’s grasp and into the arms of an ever-growing band of dissenting voices.
With that in mind, I can’t help but feel as though our comprehensive victory over the North Londoners may prove to be a watershed moment for Arsene Wenger, given the weight of criticism that is now being showered on both he and his players from all angles.
Regardless of your personal views on Carragher as a pundit, I would be hugely surprised if you found yourself disagreeing with a word he says in the video attached at the top of the page. I could get my knickers in a twist over a lack of focus on the positive aspects of our performance but to be quite honest, I’m more than happy sit back and watch the drama unfold from afar, safe in the knowledge that Big Sam and co. have secured another huge three points in our battle against the drop.
Plenty of supporters believe that Sir Alex Ferguson would have lost his job at Manchester United had he failed to beat us in the FA Cup Final of 1990. Now, I’m left wondering if last night’s humiliating loss at our hands may end up being the final nail in the coffin of another giant of the English game.
If you take what Jamie Carragher has to say to heart, it’s almost impossible to envisage a situation in which Wenger will still be in charge by August.