Arsene Wenger should retire at the end of the season

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Arsene Wenger is close to completing his 20th season in charge of Arsenal. Now it's time to say goodbye. 

It could be a special campaign too. The Gunners might lift their first Premier League title since 2004, coupled with a third successive FA Cup trophy. 

Even if the perfect ending doesn't come about, the former Monaco manager might need to bid farewell. 


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What a perfect way to end your tenure that would be. Leaving supporters with a domestic double and a bright future ahead. 

Some will say, why would he stop there? If he won the league title, who's to say he couldn't leave an even greater legacy of back-to-back Premier League titles? Or challenge for the biggest of them all - the Champions League?

While you can't write off any league title, it's been known for a while now that the quality of England's prize possession has been low this season. 

If the north London club did win it, you can't just say, 'well it was a poor league'. If it was so easy to win, why didn't anyone else win it? 

Nevertheless, next season could be a blockbuster. Pep Guardiola, is likely to be introduced. Will Jose Mourinho manage Manchester United? How will Jurgen Klopp develop his Liverpool side? Could Diego Simeone come in and re-energise Chelsea

Not to mention, the powerful £5 billion TV deal set to be introduced, so don't expect the minnows to make it easy for the Premier League juggernauts. 


Surely it's too much of a risk for Wenger to try another season. He might never go out on a better high than this campaign. 

The Arsenal manager has been heavily criticised for the lack of trophies at Arsenal since his side moved to the Emirates. That ended with consecutive FA Cup trophies in the last two years, but even Arsenal supporters will admit that's a second tier trophy. 

The Gunners haven't won the European Cup in their history and the fans will be craving their first league title in 12 years this time around. 

The transition from Highbury to their 60,000 seater stadium has been difficult in fairness to Wenger. 

Former Arsenal invincible Kolo Toure was quoted by ESPN, in response to why Arsenal went on their 10-year trophy barren spell, saying: "The new stadium."

He went on to say: "I am not inside any more but there has been a lot of change. A lot of players left the club, guys like Patrick Vieira, leaders left the club and it was quite difficult, but this policy started when they started the new stadium.

"Everything changed. They needed to sell some players, cut the wage bill and that is all about it."

The Liverpool defender is right, it couldn't have been easy to manage the debt.

However, that debt is being steadily paid off, and Gunners director Lord Harris in the summer insisted there was £200 million in their accounts

Now of course that was blown out of proportion, but you would bet there would still be a hefty sum of cash in the bank. The north London club certainly have more than £10.9 million, which was the fee spent on their only summer signing, Petr Cech. 


Wenger certainly didn't have any excuses last summer to not solve their centre-back, defensive-midfield and striker problems. Not to mention he splashed large sums on Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in recent years, so there is money available. 

He should have been winning league titles in the last few years at least. Jose Mourinho famously branded him as a "specialist in failure" for not winning trophies.

He's probably right in the last few years, you can let him off the first seven years or so, but when the cash has been available in the last three seasons, he hasn't solved Arsenal's problems.

The FA Cup isn't good enough when you have the likes of Sanchez and Ozil, these are guys who have two league titles and a World Cup medal between them.

You can have sympathy for the way in which Wenger steadied the ship during the turbulent financial troubles, but since then there aren't any excuses for not winning major honours.

If he doesn't win it this time when the top clubs have been incredibly inconsistent, will he ever win it again?


Besides, Wenger has always talked about how he would like to leave the club in a position which would allow an easy transition for the next manager.

If the Arsenal boss was to retire at the end of the season, is there anyone better than Pep Guardiola to take over? 

He has a similar philosophy, five league titles and two Champions League's to his name, he seems the perfect fit to take the Gunners to the next level. 

Not to mention the fact if Arsenal can prize the most in-demand manager in the world from title rivals Manchester City, what a force the north London club could become. 

This is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity. Guardiola will probably hop to England for a few years to get a taste of it, make City into a European giant and leave again. 

If they can't get Guardiola, or Simeone, then he might need to carry on and wait for an ideal successor, but if Guardiola is still undecided, the Arsenal board need to give Wenger a nudge. 

It will be a say day for football when the Arsenal manager leaves. His first nine years revolutionised English football, and there won't be another manager like him.

It's unheard of for a manager to last more than three years, let alone 20, but there's an end to every story. It now feels like the end. 

Who would you like to see replace Wenger when he finally leaves the Emirates? Have YOUR say in the comment box below!

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