Arsene Wenger has been a phenomenal manager over the years during his time at Arsenal, but is this the season he should step down?
The Gunners sit sixth in the Premier League and with the team the north London club hold, they should be doing better.
Alexis Sanchez has carried Wenger's side up to now, scoring 10 goals in all competitions. Now, the boss should take huge credit for signing the Chilean in the summer, but something must be going wrong based on the way the rest of the team have performed.
Wenger failed to strengthen in key area
The Frenchman brought in several talents in the transfer window and, in all honesty, he scouted out the players brilliantly. Danny Welbeck was never going to be the star man at Manchester United, the same way Alexis wasn't going to be at Barcelona; however, Welbeck seems to be flourishing at the Emirates and it was a shrewd move by Wenger to bring him in.
Nevertheless, the Arsenal boss failed to strengthen his squad in the weakest areas, that centre midfield role has been a problem for the Gunners ever since Cesc Fabregas left for Barcelona in 2011 and Wenger refuses to invest in a world-class holding midfielder.
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Jack Wilshere is a hit and miss sort of player; one day he can perform brilliantly and on others you cannot recall the Englishman touching the ball, so the club are definitely in need of a fresh new face in that position.
This is a question many people ask of Arsene Wenger, the Gunners were surely first in-line to re-sign Fabregas when it was announced he was unhappy at the Spanish giants, but of course, we all know where he ended up.
Not only are the signings an issue for Wenger, but injuries to his squad seem to be ever-present. Surely the way the Frenchman coaches his side is the problem here, the injury list at the Emirates seems to pile up as the season progresses. Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Debuchy have all missed chunks of the campaign thus far due to non-impact injuries and that's only to name a few.
It would be too much of a coincidence for so many Arsenal players to get injuries every season and it not be any fault of the manager's; a new fitness regime is certainly needed at the Arsenal training ground, but Wenger seems to refuse to alter his ways.
We have to remember, however, this is a manager that led his 2003-04 side to the Premier League title and going a whole season without suffering a defeat in the league; the Frenchman can say he is one of only two managers to coach an 'invincible' team in English football history,
Time to move on?
Nonetheless, that was in the past. You just have to think, if the Gunners had a different manager sitting on the sidelines, would they be any better off at the moment? That's a question we won't know the answer to any time soon, but it definitely gets you wondering.
One thing we do know, Wenger will go down as one of the Premier League's greatest manager's when his reign at Arsenal ends, but maybe that reign has gone on long enough.
Maybe he should step down as manager from his beloved club this season in order for Arsenal to progress.