Eventually, all good things must come to an end. In my opinion Arsene Wenger must do what's in the best interest of his club and his own legacy, and respectfully resign from his position. With nothing more to prove, it’s simply the right thing to do.
There is no denying Wenger’s greatness. He is one of the best managers to ever set foot on the field and he is an Arsenal legend. He has revolutionised English football into a game that emphasises a smart, attacking style of play that was never seen before he entered the Premier League.
Furthermore, he is one of the best youth developers the sport has ever seen, and he has managed to make Arsenal competitive every year since he was hired in 1996, despite the fact he has significantly less money to spend than the other big clubs, such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
But while Wenger is highly respected among club managers and football fans alike, the effectiveness of his philosophy is clearly beginning to fade. The entertaining football that he demands from his players has become Arsenal’s point of vulnerability.
Opposing managers have figured out Wenger’s techniques, and he is predictable. Unlike some great current managers, like Jose Mourinho, Wenger fails to manage his lineups according to the type of opponent they play, and prepare on a game-by-game basis. Instead, he has implemented his single preferred philosophy game in, game out for several years running.
While it worked several years ago, approaching each game with the same mindset does not bring success in today’s Premier League. It’s as if Wenger is stuck in a time void and can’t comprehend that the product he puts on the field really isn’t ‘revolutionary’ and ‘new’ anymore.
More concerning than anything, his recent Arsenal squads seem to lack any sort of discipline, and they look as if they are freelancing more than anything. While that is a derivative of Wenger's philosophy, his newer teams even lack the basic principles of positioning and defensive structure. Too often, players in the midfield will drift out to the wing, or the defense will push forward in sporadic moments, which is often followed by opponent goals off the counter-attack. This was evident in the recent 6-0 loss to Chelsea.
Resigning at the end of the season would be the best gift he could give to Arsenal fans. Because the board is unlikely to cut him loose, Wenger has to realise that his time as a dominant tactician is over. He is immensely appreciated for all of his contributions, but at this point in time Arsenal need a change in direction.
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