I love Arsene Wenger as much as the next dedicated Arsenal supporter.

Having witnessed the golden era of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry and the role Wenger played in bringing them through, amongst others, and transforming them into world-class players was a joy to behold.

He seemed to have an incredible knack of spotting talent and nurturing it to produce a final product that ended up being nothing less than spectacular - Henry is perhaps the best example of this.

But is it time to face the harsh truth? Is it the end of an era?

I, along with many other Gooners I'm sure, am desperately clinging to those golden years with the faint hope of Wenger rising again. 

But it's becoming harder and harder to remember the invincible season of 2003/04, where Wenger fearlessly led his troops to the ultimate English footballing victory.

One's memory seems to fade even quicker when you watch your side crash out of the Capital One Cup against a side like Bradford, a team worth just £7,500 altogether.

Your faith in Wenger then takes another blow when you watch in agony as your side fails to win what should be a routine home win in the FA Cup against a lower tier team such as Blackburn Rovers. To miss yet another chance of obtaining some silverware after a seven-and-a-half-year drought is unforgiveable.

Then, not even a week later, you watch your last shred of hope flutter out of the window as Bayern Munich outclassed the Gunners in a seemingly effortless 3-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League tie at the Emirates.

Some believe Arsenal's home is cursed and that we will never again see the triumphs of Highbury. But I believe the problem lies with our once fearless leader. I believe he has lost faith in himself. He looks beaten. The players look to him for leadership and guidance; they look to him to take the helm and guide them out of the storm but they sense the hopelessness in Captain Wenger and consequently, lose the faith in themselves and their ability.

Arsenal have some of the best talent in Europe. You have only to look at players such as the phenomenal Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott to know this is true. But without leadership the best battalion may not win a single battle.

Some will argue that Wenger was severely restricted by the Arsenal board and was therefore financially limited in his quest for trophies over the last eight seasons. 

Perhaps there is some truth to that when one compares a club like Arsenal to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, but the fact of the matter is, Wenger was still able to purchase world-class players with the funds at his disposal.

The problem is he acts more like a financial advisor than a football manager, and he has failed to retain his best players because, understandably, players like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie and Alex Song want to see silverware before they hang up their boots. 

Both Fabregas and Nasri were instantly rewarded with the trophies they so desperately craved after making the moves to their new clubs, Barcelona and Manchester City respectively. 

Song and Van Persie’s moves to greener pastures will likely both be warranted this season as Barcelona look the likely winners of La Liga and Manchester United of the Premier League.

It’s simple, without drastic change Arsenal can’t win trophies, and without trophies they won’t attract top players and the current star players will opt to leave as well.

It’s time to look to the future and a new vigorous, forceful and ambitious manager to take this team to the heights that they deserve and to reinstall the winning mentality that the Arsenal faithful pine for.

We will always pay tribute to the near impossible feats that Wenger accomplished during his tenure but enough time has passed and too many chances to right his wrongs have gone by unclaimed and it's time to say farewell.

Hoping for a manager of Jose Mourinho’s stature is perhaps a bit wishful but, more realistically, David Moyes will fit in very nicely at the Gunners helm. 

With the limited funds he had during his 11 years with Everton, he did exceptionally well and the Scot is potentially the right man to steer the Arsenal ship.

Only time will tell and only the board can decide on the future of Arsenal, but time is rapidly running out for the current reign and change is desperately needed. 

Sadly, in Wenger we no longer trust.

 

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