I don’t know an Arsenal without Arsene Wenger, but I would like to meet it.
The reality is that if Arsene Wenger was the manager of any other team in the Premier League, he would have been sacked years ago, never mind after this car crash of a Premier League season.
After the 0-0 draw with Sunderland, it became mathematically impossible for Arsenal to win the league, ending their season. So much for judge me in May, eh Arsene? We didn’t even get that far.
Two FA Cup wins on the bounce looked like they could springboard the club from fourth place mediocrity to mount a REAL title challenge, where we didn’t crumble after Christmas. That went well.
Failure in the Champions League AGAIN in the Round of 16 and cheap knockouts in both cups left the league the only option. SURELY with ALL the big clubs crashing dramatically around us, now was the time. But no. Leicester City or God forbid Tottenham are going to win their first Premier League.
In my book, this was Wenger’s last chance.
“But, but, but, the player’s have let him down…”
Their performances have been shambolic, but when you think about it that makes no sense. Arsene Wenger’s reign of success ended in 2004, followed by the following 12 years (so far) of no league titles and consistently average seasons.
Have the players been letting him down for 12 years? We’ve seen countless changes in the squad throughout those years, so to me that just doesn’t add up.
The axe falls on the managers head. He has become un-defendable. Throughout my teenage years I have said to give him time, with excuses such as the stadium being built and having to sell our top players.
Then it hit me.
I’m now almost 20 and those excuses are complete nonsense now. The stadium was paid off years ago and Wenger’s continual failure in every single transfer window falls on him and him alone.
His team selections become more and more questionable every week and he seems too stubborn to make a sub before the 70th minute. It’s as if he’s sat there repeating “it will work soon” in his head. It won’t, Arsene. Starting Olivier Giroud was never going to work against Sunderland. He hasn’t scored in 19 of his last 20 games.
How he can claim there are no better options out there than everyone’s favourite French striker Giroud, is quite frankly beyond me. The human lamp post. I’ve seen milk turn quicker.
Aaron Ramsey is getting progressively worse as his career goes on. He’s like a reverse Pirlo. He’s gone from our Lampard to our very own Welsh Xavi (Joe Allen). Except of course that Joe Allen can make a simple pass.
Theo Walcott. I mean, I don’t even know what to say. He gets paid over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS A WEEK and he’s somehow worse than he was when he joined over ten years ago. His attempt at taking the ball past Kaboul earlier with the goal at his mercy was a disgrace.
I wouldn’t even start him in his own testimonial.
All three need to be shipped out in the summer, or perhaps given a new lease of life under a new manager.
“A new manager Luke? But there is no one else available to take over from Wenger?!”
Oh yeah because it’s going so well now, would be a massive gamble to risk our prestigious spot at fourth place every year… (sarcasm).
I challenge a manager to do any worse with this crop of actually talented players (when they want to be) to do worse than the top four. We are UNDER performing with Wenger. Inject £200 million pounds into this squad and we could be looking at a team who can actually challenge the biggest teams in Europe.
Of course, it is not that simple, but you know what I mean.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Pellegrini or Simeone at Arsenal, at least they would be a change and would breath some fresh air on the rotting squad.
The performances of late point to a poor mentality and that comes from the manager. He is where the buck stops, and I’m ready to get off.
There is some talent at the football club (Ozil and Alexis in particular) but they are being undernourished and wasted by a manager who refuses to build a team around them that can be successful domestically and in Europe. It CAN be done!
Mesut Ozil just broke a Premier League record for most chances created in a single season. He also has 18 assists. We have had Ozil in the peak of his career, one of the best footballers on the planet and what do we do? Stick a walking selfie stick in front of him. Frustration doesn’t even cover it.
What a waste.
We all know what is needed, everyone except for Arsene Wenger of course. A new core. CB, CDM and ST. It is quite literally not rocket science. This is not a secret, I wonder if anyone at Arsenal has actually mentioned to Wenger that we have £200 million in the bank and he should actually spend it.
The answer is, probably not. He’s untouchable at Arsenal and that needs to change.
It is not a risk to change the manager, if we don’t then the club will continue to drift into the abyss of mediocrity.
All of this is nothing new, we have know it for a long time, but the reality is it probably won’t change.
Arsene Wenger will continue to sit on his throne at the club and if he does then the abuse towards him from fans will soon make his position untenable.
Especially if we drop out of the top four this season.
I’ve had enough with the mediocrity. It’s the same story every year and it’s finally time to get a new book.
I have immense respect for Arsene Wenger for what he has done for the club over the years, but he’s now damaging his legacy.
As the saying goes, you either leave a hero or stay long enough to see yourself become the villain.