Arsene Wenger is a great manager and Arsenal are a great club. But sooner or later one has to realise that the expiry date on their love affair passed a few seasons back and until one does, both the manager and club will continue to stand still or drop down the footballing ladder.
I think we all acknowledge that Arsene Wenger is a very good manger. He has a keen eye for a deal, is money savvy (as Arsenal fans will know all too well) and has a very good tactical nous.
He has won three Premier League titles with Arsenal, four FA Cups and Community Shields Let's also not forget the Ligue 1 title in France with Monaco, three Premier League Manager of the Season awards as well as a further two LMA Manager of the Year awards.
And, on top of all of this, Wenger is the only manager to lift a golden Premier League trophy for going the whole season unbeaten - the Frenchman's record isn't too shabby.
But, for the past nine years, the Arsenal trophy cabinet has been gathering dust and recently Arsenal fans seem to switch frequently from '#WengerIn' to '#WengerOut'. I can't blame them either - they are torn between supporting a true club legend and realising that the job isn't getting done.
The fact is, as much as the Arsenal board, fans, and Wenger himself don't want to accept it - they are stagnating with each other. There comes a time in some manager's careers when they cannot take a club any further, not because of their managerial ability but factors like stubbornness, revenge and squad rebuilding.
Look at David Moyes at Everton - he took the club from the pits of relegation and in a decade they were challenging for Europe. But that was the problem, they were always challenging - a new scene was needed for the Blues and the Scot.
At Arsenal, it seems Wenger is becoming increasingly stubborn. He hasn't invested in the much needed goalscoring forward Arsenal have craved for seasons, despite the funds being available.
It seems that he is intent on playing beautiful football in the midfield and just hoping that the frontline will put the gloss on the playmaking from behind with a few goals. A Dennis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry would be ideal for his team and these types of players have been on the market for the past nine years.
Granted, a deal for Gonzalo Higuain fell through this summer but what about Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, David Villa?
Besides, it's not just been this year they have needed a revamp up front.
So what now for Wenger and Arsenal? Well for Wenger, I'm sure big clubs would snap at the chance to have a manager of his calibre - think PSG, Barcelona and maybe even Borussia Dortmund if Klopp moves on.
As I say, he is a very good manager and will find work very soon I am sure if he steps down this summer. As for Arsenal, they need an attack-minded manager to reinvigorate their team - someone like Jurgen Klopp or Louis van Gaal.
Either way, it is becoming increasingly clear that this summer it is time for club and legend to cut their ties and go their separate ways. It's for the best.
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