Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal could be drawing to a close. For too long the Frenchman has failed to steer his side to the Premier League title. The days where Thierry Henry would fire them to trophies have passed, with the current crop lacking the stardust to deliver the biggest prizes in world football.
They also look likely to finish behind fierce rivals Tottenham for the first time since 1995. Added embarrassment would come if Mauricio Pochettino’s men also end their agonising wait for the crown, particularly given few expected them to be challenging at the start of the season.
Wenger’s nous in the transfer market has led them to two consecutive FA Cup triumphs in 2014 and 2015, yet even marquee names such as Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech would struggle to get into any of the top clubs around Europe.
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Ozil is perhaps the one exception to the rule, with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid a long way off Barcelona in La Liga, but Sanchez was allowed to leave the Nou Camp with Cech having been usurped by Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea.
Players like Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott have blown hot and cold, whilst Olivier Giroud remains a far way off emulating the likes of Henry and Robin van Persie despite enjoying his finest season at the club.
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Mohamed Elneny was the latest to sign on at the club in January, yet even the midfielder would struggle to get into the starting XI’s at Leicester City, Tottenham and Manchester City.
Time to go
Wenger should be commended for steering his side into the Champions League continuously over the years, but his failure to usurp the likes of both Manchester clubs and Chelsea has somewhat blotched his CV.
They came closest to winning the European trophy back in 2006, a defeat to Barcelona that remains their only final appearance, and a fifth round of 16 exit in succession has further highlighted his struggles against the very best.
Now is the worst time to be looking for a new manager, particularly with Pep Guardiola on the move to Manchester and Jose Mourinho rumoured to be following him, yet stalling would increase the discontent surrounding the north London club.
Wenger has coasted by for too long, and Arsenal need a change. Failure to do so could mean years without the trophy they crave and ensure they fall further behind those at the top of the English and European game.
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