Arsenal legend pinpoints the time Arsene Wenger lost the dressing room

Arsenal are having a mare.

They’re way off the pace in the race for the top four, they were outclasses by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Sunday, and they lost 3-0 to the same team just four days later in a dire Premier League performance.

But where did it all go wrong for Arsene Wenger, a man who brought beautiful football to these shores; a man who saw his Gunners go unbeaten for an entire season in 2003-04.

Well, former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown thinks he knows the moment Wenger lost the dressing room.

In January, Wenger sanctioned the transfer of Olivier Giroud from the Emirates to rivals Chelsea, and according to Keown, that had dire consequences for the squad.

“Like every great leader, you find the right time to leave the club. That moment has gone since, long ago. Now he’s trying to get a performance from players who are looking over their shoulder at who’s coming in next,” Keown said on BBC5Live.

“Who can Arsene turn to in that changing room now? But he’s put himself in that position, there’s no players for him after getting rid of people like Giroud.”

Giroud, who boasted an impressive goalscoring record at Arsenal, wasn’t playing too many games for Arsenal this season, and the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hastened his departure to Stamford Bridge.

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