Arsene Wenger in or Arsene Wenger out?
That seems to be the two stances for Arsenal fans. There is no middle ground.
The Frenchman has been at the club for 20 years, winning three Premier League titles.
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He was labelled a genius by Gooners after their triumph in the 2003/04 season when they went the entire campaign without losing a match.
Since then, though, it’s been a struggle for Wenger and Arsenal.
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An FA Cup win in the 2004/05 season was met by a nine-year trophy drought before they won the same competition back-to-back.
But that isn't enough for some Arsenal fans who demand to be challenging for the title once again.
It seemed as though that would be the case this season with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all having fairly disappointing domestic campaigns.
But Wenger and his side find themselves 11 points behind league leaders Leicester and six points adrift of north London rivals Spurs.
Although some fans have demanded that Wenger honourably leaves the club in the summer, Arsenal legends have defended their former boss.
Former captain Patrick Vieira said: "Arsenal are going through a difficult period, but I was surprised and a bit disappointed,”
"Fans can be frustrated, but they forget at times what Arsene has brought to the club.
"He deserves a bit more respect. Fans can boo and show their anger, but the way they did it with that banner showed a lack of respect. This is the way it is, this is football, but it shouldn’t be like that,” Vieira told Talksport 2, per the Independent.
While Ian Wright told BBC Radio 5 live: "It is tearing me apart because I played for him and have a lot of respect for him," said Wright. "He gave me extra years on my career.”
However, there’s one former Arsenal hero that is siding with the ‘Wenger Out’ campaign - Emmanuel Petit.
Petit played at Highbury under Wenger for three seasons, winning a Premier League title and an FA Cup and insists his former boss should move upstairs at the end of the season.
“I am pretty sure he has to stay at the club but maybe it's time for him to open the door for something else as well,” Petit told journalists, per Goal.com.
The former French international also believes that an former Arsenal player could take over from Wenger with the likes of Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry all considering a move into management.
“When I look at the former players from Arsenal, how many of them have their badges to manage a team?
"Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, many, many great players, they have their own statue in front of the stadium. I think Arsene... it's good to share the place with someone else and try to open the door to the former players.”
Arsenal fans: Who should replace Arsene Wenger at your club when he does eventually leave? Let us know in the comments box below!
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