Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has faced heavy (arguably unfair) criticism in the past few years during Arsenal's ongoing eight-year trophy drought, as well as selling their best assets such as: Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie in previous transfer windows.

While an increasing number of Arsenal fans believe the Frenchman's historic 16 year reign should be brought to an end, there are still many fans backing Wenger during Arsenal's time of struggle.

The Gunners are having to compete with oil rich Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as Manchester United and fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur. 

Meanwhile, there is debate whether Wenger should remain in the Emirates hot seat - but who could Arsenal realistically get to replace the Frenchman? There is a lack of vacant/experienced managers who could replace 'Le Professor'.

With money to spend, and a youthful, British core of players, the future looks promising for the north London club, with potentially world class stars in the squad such as Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey. 

With the correct nurturing and training, Wenger could make sure that they play to their maximum potential; which he has shown he can do with numerous young talents including Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Van Persie. 

In addition, the 63-year-old has raised money for a new training ground, a new stadium, while remaining to keep Arsenal in the top four, and maintaining Champions League football each year, as well as gaining many admirers with the attractive passing style football that the Gunners play.

On the other hand, there is the argument that a top club such as Arsenal should be competing for trophies every year. However, since their slow decline from 2005, they haven't been able to do that. 

Wenger has spent very little in the transfer market, but finds fantastic talents for bargain prices. Although, in this age of modern football it has been proved that by spending big trophies can be won. 

It has been made fact that Arsenal has money to spend in this transfer window, and the pressure is on Wenger more than ever to spend big. 

Ambition has been shown by the club with their intentions to sign former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. He could have been the clinical finisher that Arsenal have been lacking since former captain Van Persie left the Emirates last summer. 

Incidentally, the Argentine signed for Napoli last week, meaning Arsenal missed out on another of there targets. Anyhow, it might take more than one ground-breaking signing to win over the unsure fans to whether Wenger is the right man to lead the club through this tricky period.

But, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all employing new managers over the summer, the Gunners could be in contention for trophies once again under Wenger this season.

There is no doubt that Wenger has been a success at the Gunners winning numerous trophies, including the Premier League title in an unbeaten season 2003/2004. However, the pressure is on and only time will decide whether he gets a new contract or not.

 

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