Arsene Wenger is a respected heavyweight of the game and has enjoyed his fair share of success at Arsenal, but is it time for him to move on?
At the age of 63, Wenger has seen his fair share of football. Having managed in France and Japan prior to joining Arsenal he had a small number of trophies to his name already, but when he came to London in 1996 he struck gold as he started a job that would see him achieve great acclaim in the sport, including an OBE.
Wenger assembled the 'Invincibles' in 2003/04, when they went 49 league games unbeaten - an absolutely incredible achievement and they still remain the only club to achieve this feat.
Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Viera and Robert Pires are just some of the incredible players Wenger has managed in his time in London, and Highbury witnessed some amazing football from Wenger's team back in their prime. Words can't describe some of the football that Wenger enforced on the pitch; everything seemed to just work.
In 2006, after 93 years at Highbury, Wenger and Arsenal moved to a new ground at the Emirates Stadium. It's possible to say it has gone downhill since then; the departure of big names and lack of big-name signings saw a problem develop at the Emirates.
Wenger, a firm believer in the younger players in the squad and in youth development, seems to have found himself with almost no big-name players in his squad anymore.
Do Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Gervinho come close to Pires, Henry, Bergkamp and Cesc Fabregas, and the fear they instilled in defenders nationwide?
An eight-year trophy drought at Arsenal has left me feeling a bit sorry for the legendary Arsenal manager. His own philosophy of using his youth squad seems to have been the cause of his downfall as he's sold any world-class player he's had and failed to replace them.
Instead he's put too much faith in the young lads. Harsh, but true.
Is it time for Wenger to leave Arsenal?
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