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Why Arsene Wenger must not be sacked

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Arsene Wenger has come under heavy fire recently, having suffered defeat on the opening day of the Premier League season and failing to bring in any new faces except French U20 Yaya Sanogo.

Despite that, I believe that dismissing the Frenchman will not bring success to the Emirates.

Criticism has fallen so heavily on the long-serving manager of late that some Arsenal fans now want the team to lose matches in order to instigate change. Wenger also had to endure chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' and 'spend some f****** money' from the home support last Saturday.

However, the 'Wenger out' brigade are mistaken if they believe that sacking their most successful manager ever will bring trophies to Arsenal.

At the moment, there are no suitable alternatives to replace him – there were many managerial changes at the start of the summer, but fewer top quality gaffers are knocking around at the moment now that everybody has settled in for the forthcoming season.

Also, people must not overlook the fact that Arsene knows how to win trophies. Since his arrival at Arsenal in 1996, he has led his team to three league titles and four F.A. Cups.

Arsenal fans do not need to be told again that they are still suffering an eight year trophy drought from 2005, but their lack of success has, in part, been down to the fact that the Gunners' ability to spend on the transfer market has been hampered by the move to their new stadium.

And despite the fact that Wenger had not been able to spend big for years, he was still able to make the top four every year.

Free of the financial restraints, Arsenal should have brought in marquee signings and pushed for the title this year. Arsene Wenger has yet to spend a penny, but the criticism levelled at him may be unfair given that the transfer window has yet to close.

In the final weeks of the market, clubs are desperate to shift unwanted players at a lower price, meaning Arsenal could pick up some excellent players at lower prices.

In fact, sacking Wenger could only cause a downward spiral. It is highly likely that the successor, whoever he should be, would not hit the ground running from day one. If he were to bring some bad results early on, unrest would continue and all stability at the club will have been lost.

Of course, if Arsene Wenger has not spent enough by the end of the transfer window, then he will have to answer some serious questions.

Until then, however, I think that he must be given the benefit of the doubt and time to add to his squad. Dismissing him will certainly not help Arsenal escape the crisis that they are currently trapped in.

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