In what has already been a tumultuous season for Arsenal and Arsenal fans, the latest scandal coming out of the Emirates is just another event to add onto the growing list of reasons why this season is one to forget.
It has come into fruition that during the second half of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City, the Gunners did not have an on-field Captain.
The Premier League has now seen this as a breach of the rules, with Arsenal finding themselves under investigation over the incident.
It has long been an accusation of Arsenal that they lack leaders on and off the field and hence this is one of the reasons that they haven’t been able to mount a serious title challenge in such a long time.
The hierarchy at Arsenal sees the injured Per Mertesacker as captain, Laurent Koscielny as vice-captain and then Theo Walcott take over if Koscielny is not on the pitch.
This was the case on Sunday, Koscielny was withdrawn at half-time through an Achilles injury, before Walcott was substituted for Olivier Giroud later in the game.
With both of Arsenal’s captains now not on the pitch, no other player saw fit to take responsibility and take the captains armband.
A truer sentiment of one of the main problems at the club has never been clearer for both the media and fans to see.
The situation that Arsenal find themselves in is a stark contrast to the Arsenal sides of old.
It could be argued that the Gunners haven’t had a true leader since the Invicibles side of 2003/04.
A team that had an abundance of players that were willing to step up and take charge, even if they weren’t wearing the armband.
Comparing the four players Arsenal have in the centre of defence and midfield to the four they had in the late 1990’s early 2000’s is tantamount to treason.
The likes of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Patrick Viera and Emmanuel Petit would all be embarrassed to play for the Arsenal of today.
If you compare those four players to the four of:
Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka, you would take the older four any day of the week.
Arsenal went from having eleven leaders on the pitch with the Invincibles to now having one at a push.
Even Wenger himself admitted following the Manchester City game that he did not know who his captain was in the second half.
A horrible predicament for an under-fire manager to find himself in, because it just seems to highlight his own lack of leadership.
Only a month ago, former Arsenal and Tottenham captain Sol Campbell said that he believed his former side did not have enough leaders on the pitch.
The 42-year-old, who won two league titles under Wenger, believes that the current blend of personalities in the squad could be part of the problem.
Campbell said: “I don’t know what’s happening now, but when I was there we used to police ourselves, we had the character to police ourselves.”
Whether Arsene Wenger stays or leaves this summer, it has to be a requirement that the Gunners find themselves at least one proper leader.
However, this is something that has been said for years and so far, nothing has been able to fix the problem.
Could this be one of the main reasons that Arsenal fail to win the league every year?
If it is proven that Premier League rules were breached, then it is understood that there will be no official punishment, but Arsenal will be reminded of their requirements.
Arsenal face West Ham United at the Emirates tonight, in what is a big game for both sides. Neither are in good form, but both at different ends of the table.
What do you think the score will be?