After being humiliated by Bradford City in the Capital One Cup and Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, as well as being outside the top four, is Arsene Wenger's era as Arsenal manager coming to an end?
Wenger is undoubtedly one of the most successful managers in Premier League history and has enjoyed some incredible success during his time at Arsenal; most notably lifting the Premier League title after his side went unbeaten all season in 2004. However, the glory days of Thierry Henry, Dennis Berkamp, Patrick Vieira and many others have long gone.
The bitter fact for all Arsenal supporters is that, come the end of this season, they will have gone eight years without lifting a piece of silverware. The modern day squad, with the exception of the promising young talent of Jack Wilshere and the superb Santi Cazorla, does not compare with the class of 2004. Making it into the top four places in the Premier League is now classified as a success for the Gunners and the Champions League final against Barcelona in 2006 feels a distant memory as they drift further and further behind Europe's elite.
After further frustration has grown amongst the Arsenal fans about the lack of top quality players joining the club and huge amounts of world-class talent leaving in the form of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, is their faith in the direction of the club starting to fade?
Wenger's position has been under scrutiny in recent months and many believe that another trophy-less season could spell the end to his current 17-year reign at the London club. Arsenal fans have been given renewed optimism, however, as they have been told that Wenger will have money to spend in the summer transfer window. The Gunners have been linked with players such as Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic and Malaga playmaker Isco along with many other star names in European football; although Champions League qualification will be vital in luring the top names to the Emirates Stadium.
On a positive note it is clear that Arsene has the backing of the dressing room. Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been quoted by the BBC as saying he was shocked about Wenger's future being questioned and that, "Everyone in football looks too short term. They don't look at the long term and he's done a lot for this club. He is the right man for this club and we are all behind him".
The widespread feeling that next season will be extremely influential with regards to Wenger's future at Arsenal is evident and with the added pressure of Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp being heavily linked to be Arsene's successor, a trophy is a must.
However, with Wenger's experience and great managerial qualities along with a few key signings to add to the talent already within the ranks, you wouldn't put it past the Gunners to finally end their long wait for a precious trophy.
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