Arsenal without Arsene is unthinkable, says Thierry

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Arsene Wenger will begin the new season with his position as Arsenal manager arguably under greater scrutiny than at any other point during a tenure stretching almost 15-years.

Seemingly forgotten by many are the days of the Invincibles, where the Gunners laid to waste everyone in their path on the domestic front, before reaching the final of the Champions League in 2006.

Although, perhaps more realistically than a lack of appreciation from Arsenal fans, Wenger is seemingly in danger of being a victim of his own successes, having set impeccably high standards since replacing Bruce Rioch at the helm in 1996.

It would certainly be hard to imagine Arsenal without Wenger - and vice versa - and would also be difficult to comprehend the powers that be contemplating a change any time soon.

This, at least, is the opinion of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry - who believes his former boss should remain in his post for life.


"I know some people had a go at Arsène recently," said Henry. "I don't know when it is going to happen but we all know that one day he is going to have to stop or go.

"But the boss changed the face of the club and, for me, I would keep Arsène for life. I know he got a bit of stick recently but hopefully they can change that this year.

"They were close enough to win it but they didn’t. In football, you get judged on what you win. [People] will realise what Arsène was all about the day that he stops."

Let's hope that the advice Henry can be heeded, and the often unjust criticism of one of the game's great ambassadors can be soon put to bed.

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