Why Arsene Wenger must stay at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger looks set to sign a new two-year contract with Arsenal. Yet rumblings from certain sections of the Emirates crowd would have you believe this is a bad thing.

Heavy defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks, and what appears to be another failed title charge, have left more than a few Gooners calling for the Frenchman's head.

They point to the club's nine years without a trophy as cast-iron evidence that Wenger has to go.

But Wenger should stay - and for the sake of the Arsenal fans.

One look at the league table can tell you the difficulties in replacing an iconic manager.

David Moyes - in no way a bad manager - has had monumental trouble trying to replace Fergie.

And unless Arsenal could replace Wenger with a Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho or the like, the new man at the helm would have similar struggles.

The Arsenal players worship Wenger, and Jack Wilshere has even gone on record to say he would consider his future were Wenger to leave.

Following the move to the Emirates Wenger has worked with the strictest of budgets, consistently keeping Arsenal amongst - if admittedly slightly below - Europe's elite.

However, now Arsenal and Wenger are assuring the public that their period of financial struggle is over and the club have serious money to spend.

Wenger sacrificed his own legacy at Arsenal, working with limited resources, yet keeping the club competitive.

The Frenchman deserves the chance to once again build a genuinely competitive squad - and he isn't far from it. Two or three quality additions this summer and Arsenal could be title contenders.

Besides, who's to say that Arsenal have even had a bad season? Within touching distance of the league leaders as the season nears its climax and in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, to expect much more is harsh.

Given the time to once again be able to build the squad he wants, and Wenger could replicate his pre-Emirates heroics.

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