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Is time up for Arsene at Arsenal?

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So far, 2016 has been a difficult year for both Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger. They have only managed 5 wins in 16 games, with two of those coming in the FA Cup against Burnley and Hull – both Championship sides. Arsenal have dropped 11 points behind league leaders Leicester City and were recently knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona, making it their sixth consecutive exit out of the competition at the last 16 stages. So, with all of this in mind, do the EPL betting odds and fans now favor a change of manager at Arsenal?

FA Cup Exit – The final straw?

For the past 2 years, Wenger has had somewhat of a safety net in winning the FA Cup, having had victories in the final against both Hull City and Aston Villa. However, now that Arsenal have been knocked out of the competition by Watford, suffering an embarrassing defeat of 2-1 at the Emirates, he can’t rely on the competition anymore as some form of success. With the Gunners looking very likely to go another season without a trophy, Wenger’s position at the club that he has managed from 1996 until now is being heavily questioned, with some fans of the club suggesting that some former players turned coaches should replace him.

Are they out of the Premiership Race?

With Arsenal stumbling after draws with Crystal Palace and Sunderland, the chances of them mounting any kind of reasonable challenge for the league title have vanished. Another problem will be that even if Leicester win the league, Arsenal are still five points behind fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur. This is likely to be further embarrassment for Wenger, and won’t endear him to the fans, although – of course – the final decision rests with the board.

Transfer troubles

A big problem at Arsenal over the ‘barren’ seasons has been a lack of spending by Wenger and selling of their star players. Arsenal have been without a strong midfielder and a world class striker for years, having had to rely on Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud, yet Wenger has failed to address this problem. The only positive has been spending big on Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona over the past couple of seasons, but still there are still some big holes that need to be filled.

Wenger is an influential man at the Emirates, having brought success to the club in the past, but there comes a time when a manager has to be analysed using a recent record and not focusing on the past. If Arsenal fail to win the league this season – which seems very likely to happen, a managerial change will likely be necessary as this would surely have been their perfect opportunity to win the league – especially since their top rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all struggled. Despite the number of banners and shouts demanding a managerial replacement at the Emirates, Wenger still has a number of fans behind him (about 43%) but the majority of the fans are looking for a change (about 57%).

Since the last league title won by Wenger, a season in which they were 38 games unbeaten, Arsenal have finished second on the table just once – they have finished fourth on six occasions, and third four times. Going without a trophy this season should bring an end to the old banners reading ‘In Arsene we trust’ and ‘Arsene knows’, and Arsenal fans are much more likely to see the prophecy of the banners reading ‘Arsene – thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye’– come true.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. VicBklyn

    April 27, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    The real problem is the money. $$$$$$ he had money and he won. Instead of being appreciated as an overachiever, he is looked at for what he has not done. For the last 12 years, we have had a budget team and that continues even though the staduim is fixed. Wenger is not the problem, we are like #18 for soending in the PL for the last 5 years. Understand that mid table teams spend more, lol. #silentstan is building a multi-billion $$ American football stadium in LA, a billion $$$ ranch in Texas bigger than NYC and under $20m for Cech & Elneay. Wenger writes no checks, he is just a face in #silentstan’s eyes. Yell to the top and maybe we can get at least the obvious positions for cover

  2. succa99

    April 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Any doubts I had about Wenger being done were erased this season. It was perfectly set up for Arsenal to win the league before the onslaught from Pep, Jose, Klopp and Conte. Only one major signing and hoping for no injuries, taking too long to change how the team played once a lineup was figured out, taking way too long to integrate Elneny. It’s just too much. And even if the club take a step backwards temporarily, it’s better than just not doing anything and hoping this isn’t the year when it all falls apart. Sadly, given the priorities of the board, it seems falling apart would be the only catalyst for change, so…

  3. diego uribe

    April 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Yes it is time for him to go somewhere else. New coach at the Emirates soon please.

    diego uribe

    • Bow Down to the Guus

      April 27, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Jose Mourinho – Arsenal coach! At least he’s won a title lately. HAHAHAHAHA.

  4. urich

    April 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    It’s time for him to leave stop saying what he did he can do no more for the club his time is up

  5. Ash

    April 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    From a Leicester fan, I think Arsenal are crazy to let go of Wenger. Just look at the instability caused when Ferguson left Man U; be careful what you wish for. Being in Europe every year is something all top clubs want – Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool would all love to be in Arsenal’s position right now. I don’t think you realise how good you have got it. Keep Wenger, don’t fall for rotating door of football managers.

    • Aj

      April 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Problem is Ash, everybody can see the faults/weaknesses in the Arsenal set up, except Wenger it would seem. His continued refusal to address these means that Arsenal suffer the same failings every year. All we want is for the club to try to improve but if you are not prepared to try to do that, there is nothing for the fans to support. I don’t think Ferguson is a good comparison; He left Man Utd in a poor state re. player succession and only succeeded by intense bullying; Wenger doesn’t have that in him. PS. Good luck with the next three matches – winning the EPL will be a magnificent achievement for The Foxes!

    • FreeWilly

      April 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      I’m sorry isn’t Leicester under a new manager? What did you wish for? Liverpool being coached by Jurgen Klopp doing terrific and Newcastle Utd might, just might, avoid relegation with Rafa Benitez (imagine if he was brought in as manager a month sooner). Your statement has no merit. Wenger needs go, enough is enough. His tired excuses about not having any money to spend or that there were no quality players to sign have all been proven to be blatant lies. Look at your team this season! He complains that it is difficult to win at home because teams play much deeper, Maybe it is because he’s been using the same tactics for the last 20 years. They know all his tricks. It is stale, he tells his players not to shoot from distance, they can’t finish in front of goal, he can’t motivate the Arsenal squad.

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