Having been at the helm of Arsenal Football Club for almost 2 decades, Arsene Wenger has seen his team’s superior giant status decline over the last few years since their famous ‘invincible’ season where a hot on the heels Thierry Henry bagged 30 goals in the league. The main reason being Arsene’s characteristics as a person, he’s stubborn when it comes to transfers and completely naïve, as it was clear this summer’s transfer window where he was the only manager in Europe that did not sign a single outfield player. Frustratingly, for fans and lovers of football in general, Arsenal have the players and potential to achieve great things however they’re lacking those extra couple of players to make the team spark. These are reasons why it’s the right time for Wenger to go.
2 trophies in 10 years
At the end of the day, you manage a Football Club to reach superior heights of success. For Arsene, just the 2 successive FA Cups since their Premier League title season, which were pretty poor in competitiveness, is not something to be too excited about. During the last 2 campaigns in the oldest cup competition in the world, teams like Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd didn’t take it too seriously as they all had bigger priorities, so it dampers the triumph. Undoubtedly he’s still one of the worlds best yet there never really seems to be any challenge for any other competition apart from the cups. If Arsenal want to challenge for the Premier League or Champions League then they’ll need to do some seriously business in January in preparation for next season, otherwise Wenger could be up against it.
Un-challenging in the Premier League
As many can class, The Gunners have really made 4th place their own over the last few seasons. Having finished no higher than 3rd for 9 of the last 10 campaigns, they’ve found themselves sit in 4th place on 6 different occasions. For many Arsenal supporters its becoming a tedious occurrence, who wish for change as social media often erupts with ‘Wenger Out’ posts which is becoming even more likely to happen. With world class players like Sanchez controlling midfield and Ozil being Ozil, there’s no excuse for not recruiting wisely in the summer windows. Resource wise the North London side have the components to at least finish 2nd in the League, challenge for European Semi-Final glory and definite domestic cup dominance, yet they’ve fallen short in 2 out of the 3.
Naivety in the transfer market
There’s some slack that can be cut about Arsene during Transfer windows as he’s acquired Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech in recent years. Despite these fortunate acquisitions, it’s the same story every Summer/January, not enough quality is added in the area’s that needed it. Giroud and Theo Walcott remain their only 2 forwards, with French Maestro Olivier Giroud being reluctant to injury, they face a real task this year in even challenging for 4th position, as Liverpool and Tottenham have both strengthened in some aspect. Once again their windows consist of over zealous rumours in which 9 times out of 10 don’t seem to come through, which year after year can be overly frustrating for the Arsenal faithful as it gives them false hope. In January, if the Frenchman doesn’t add to his squad’s depth then I’m afraid he could see himself selling his house in North London very soon.
With a pretty average start to this year’s Premier League campaign, it’ll have to carry on for the remaining 33 games. However to me, there seems to be a sense of mediocrity in their squad this year, I personally can’t see them challenge for 2nd place let alone the title when they’re up against Manchester City and even as far as Manchester United who’ll be challenging. All in all, Arsene Wenger has to solve the problem in January, brining in a world class marquee Striker, from where they can go on and genuinely challenge for Premier League superiority. However for now, I think Arsenal need a change in management.