Arsenal just got off an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Years day. Shambolic defending from Debuchy and Mertesacker and even worse goalkeeping from Szczesny is at the center of it all. Now it seems ridiculous for a manager to get the sack a season after an F.A. cup triumph and currently sitting three points outside the top 4 in 5th but the club is simply not progressing.
There is no fear factor when you come up against Arsenal. They used to have players like Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira, and Pires. All big, technical, and pacey players who would strike fear into any defence in Europe. Now they have the likes of Giroud, Sanogo, and Coquelin. Wengers inability to attract big players to the club as well as not willing to spend big money on marquee signings have all accumulated to the decline over the years for the gunners.
The lack of silverware can also be accounted to the “Wenger Out” campaign. Just one trophy in the past 9 years is simply unacceptable. Any other manager in England would be sacked with a record like that. So why are Arsenal keeping him? Wenger’s reputation is the only thing keeping him employed. No one can deny how successful Arsenal were in the early 2000’s under the Frenchman. 3 premier league titles(including an unbeaten season) and 4 F.A. Cups are all added to the legacy of Arsene.
But as the years go on Arsenal have not set their standards high enough. They measure success with top 4 finishes. Although the consistency of being able to play in the Champions League for 15 consecutive years is impressive, you must have had to win one in that time. Which brings up another interesting point. When’s the last time you looked at an Arsenal team and thought they could have a go in the Champions League? The 2009 semi-final squad was the last team that could put out a fight against European giants such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea.
Last but not least he has lost the support of the fans. Many have seen the video of the Arsenal away fans booing Wenger on his way to the train back to London after a treacherous 3-2 defeat to Stoke. As well as the banner at the West Brom game reading “Thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye”. In my opinion Wenger should resign. I would not want such a prestigious career at Arsenal to end in a sacking for one of the legends of the games.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : David Sanchez