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Why Wenger should leave Arsenal at the end of the season

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It is no longer news that Arsenal have qualified for the FA Cup final after defeating Wigan Athletic in a suspense-filled penalty shoot out.

The north London club will now face Hull City on the 17th of May to determine the winner for the year's edition. This is an opportunity for Arsene Wenger's side to end their nine-year trophy drought since 2005.

Incidentally, the last trophy Arsenal won was the FA Cup and winning this year's own could kick start a new era for the club. However, the question on everybody's lips is: can Wenger deliver those major titles again or is the Frenchman out of ideas?

One of the failings of the talisman has been the lack of will to beef up his squad with world-class players who possess mental rigour, winning attitude and the required aptitude to withstand the intense nature of Premier League football and excel season after season.

Apart from orchestrating the exodus of players like Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Samir Nasri from the club without adequate replacement, the unending increase in the number of injuries suffered by key players every season is also the cause of the club's empty trophy cabinet.

Wenger could have also bolstered the squad in January when it was obvious that the team needed a prolific striker as Olivier Giroud became nothing but a model on the pitch who could barely hold the ball and was more adept at catwalks and aimless jumps.

But as usual, Wenger's delusion got the better of him, he believed the team was strong enough and an injured Kim Kalstrom was the only addition to the squad. Of course, the concomitant effect of this hare-brained decision is the team's current situation - regressing from a title-contender position to a Champions League qualification battle with Everton.

In spite of all Wenger's troubles and travails for nine years, his contribution and past achievements cannot be ignored. He has done so much for the club and arguably, he is the reason why Arsenal has become one of the greatest English clubs in the world. 

But is it logical to ruin that legacy with perpetual underachievement and incessant failure?

Even though the hackneyed expression is that winners don't quit and quitters don't win, I believe a wise person should be able to discern the right time to quit when it beckons.

If Wenger can no longer take Arsenal beyond the threshold of mediocrity or above the fourth place level on the table, especially when he continues to use the same formula to arrive at the same unimpressive result, then perhaps someone else should step in to try something different.

The thought of Wenger not being in charge of Arsenal might be a hard pill for many of their fans to swallow, but it could as well be the silver lining that is needed amidst the dark cloud.

Wenger has been offered a new two-year contract by the Arsenal management but has yet to sign. Perhaps he is thinking what I'm thinking - he has the chance to bow out gracefully if he wins the FA Cup next month. He should take it!

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