Like most things in life, if enough pressure is applied to an object, the object will eventually give or break. Mathematically, pressure is represented like this, whereby, p = pressure, F = the normal force and A = is the area of surface on contact.
In human terms, too much pressure can lead to breakdown, a mental breakdown, a marriage break down or the collapse of a business.
Recently a couple of Arsenal players have spoken out and suggested that the club need to invest in new players this summer. Wenger as per usual is his normal tight lipped self, giving nothing away. However, is there something to be read into it?, is there a breakdown on the horizon? has Arsène lost the dressing room and the confidence of his team?
Realistically, there must be mounting pressure on the players and the manager. There must also be disappointment from going out of the FA Cup and not capitalising on a weak Premier League season where the usual top teams have failed to perform.
If the fans are disgruntled and disappointed, then I can imagine the players are as well. Have the players started to apportion blame? Has Wenger started to point the finger at poor performances? Have the shareholders eventually said enough is enough?
The pressure on the manager, the players and the club to win silverware must surely be mounting and something will have to give soon, either a clear out of under-performing players, the purchase of new players or the manager finally saying that he will retire and move on. It’s only natural, there are only so many negative events a person can experience before the stress becomes too much and there is a breakdown.
This summer is going to be crucial for the club, more so than in previous seasons. I think you can view it similarly to a ‘nervous breakdown’, and the team and the manager are failing to cope with the stress and expectations associated with success.
So this summer, to preserve their sanity, some serious therapy will be needed. Something has to be done to allow them to regain their coping skills and start to rebuild, to prepare for next season in a better state of health.
What will give way to allow the healing to start is any bodies guess, but something will give, mark my words.