Arsenal must keep Arsene Wenger despite disappointing start to 2016

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Following Arsenal's shock defeat and exit from the FA Cup to Watford on Sunday, a familiar sound of groaning and discontent echoed around the Emirates Stadium.

Such condemnation continued on social media, led by long-serving critic Piers Morgan, with many agreeing that the time has come for Arsene Wenger to step down as manager.

In what should have been a promising start to the new year has become something of a nightmare for the Gunners, losing three consecutive home games, falling eight points behind in the Premier League title race and losing 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 first leg.


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Blame should be shared amongst everyone at the club, of course, yet the pressure appears to be building on Wenger's shoulders alone.

However, those calling for the Frenchman's head must bear in mind the damaging effect his exit could have, let alone just how much he has done for the club.

In more recent times, Wenger has played a crucial role in luring the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to north London, especially so with the former, calling him personally to close the deal in fluent German.

Were Wenger to leave - a man who shows such care and devotion towards his players - it's difficult to see the club's stars staying.

Furthermore, the Frenchman has shown unwavering loyalty to his players that is rare to find in modern day football. When his side have failed, Wenger has deflected blame onto himself.

The free-flowing, beautiful football now synonymous with Arsenal is also a result of Wenger's influence. Whilst the Gunners are often criticised for not having a plan B, losing their plan A as a result of their manager's departure would be a disaster.

It's clear that Wenger cares deeply for the club and wants to leave his eventual successor with the best possible resources to continue his legacy, and whilst recent failures threaten to bring his tenure to a close, he remains the right man for the job.

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