After Saturday's poor performance against Aston Villa at home that adds to a hugely disappointing transfer pantomime of ‘will he or won’t he’ purchase new players even with a huge war chest of £70m, it is plainly clear now that this will be the last season of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal.

Since Patrick Vieira lifted the famous FA Cup at Wembley in May 2005 for Arsenal’s last major trophy to date, beating Manchester United 5-4 on penalties, Wenger’s policy of building a team full of talented young players that have come through the Arsenal youth ranks has simply and utterly failed, as has many of his transfer’s that have failed to deliver since 2005.

Why Wenger stands by Abou Diaby, who spends most of his seasons on the treatment table, remains an utter mystery.

Denilson was simply never good enough from day one, although Wenger wished he was going to be like a Gilberto or Edu who served Arsenal well. While Eduardo showed glimpses of his hidden talent, the horrific leg break he suffered ended his career before it got going at Arsenal.

As for Arshavin, well the less said the better. While some blame Wenger for playing Arshavin out of position, the Russian was simply a player not willing to work hard enough to integrate himself in the fast and furious Premier League. He simply bottled it.

Emmanuel Adebayor came and went but was always in the shadows of the great Thierry Henry and for that very reason couldn’t really adjust at Arsenal. Marouane Chamakh was simply a puzzling transfer and one you would associate with a wheelerdealer manager, not someone of Wenger’s stature.

Chamakh was simply never good enough before he came to Arsenal. And Park Chu-Young was nothing more than selling shirts in the Far East. The less said about the light-weight Gervinho the better - a player simply out muscled by even the smallest Premier League players.

It is at this stage that we have to point out that Wenger simply has no real idea for picking a good defender, and this has cost the Gunners dearly.

Sebastien Squillachi, Pascal Cygan and the spectacularly dreadful Andre Santos all feature as major failures. And of course the worst defender ever to wear the red and white and play in the Premier League: Igor Stepanovs.

While not all is lost at Arsenal, it has to be said that currently the very threadbare squad is already behind those chasing the title and this is simply down to Wenger.

You cannot ask players to play halfway round the world, fly back and perform just a couple of days later. It is impossible. Wenger has never learnt his lesson by doing all your transfer activity early, making sure the new players are settled and being integrated in to the club. Basic 101 of top-flight management.

I have stated it before and will state it again: Wenger looks tired and weary which simply means that sooner or later Wenger will either be allowed to leave with dignity or the faithful will finally get the board to push Wenger out.

Let’s hope this professor who changed Arsenal and the landscape of English football forever is allowed to leave with dignity.


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