Arsenal could be forced into big decision this summer

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It is time. Arsene Wenger's arduous managerial career seems to be coming into its final days. His record has barricaded him from criticism and failure to win the title this season seems to be the final nail in the coffin for furious Arsenal supporters calling for his resignation.

There's no doubting Wenger is and will probably be Arsenal's greatest manager for years to come, but whether his past successes, which were over a decade ago, should emanate in him keeping his position is a conundrum.

The Frenchman has underachieved consistently, and while his record of maintaining Champions League football every season upon his arrival is laudable, it should not detract from his failure to win the Premier League title for 11 years.


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With all of Arsenal's traditional rivals out of sorts, this season was the prime time to sweep the league title and failure to do so means the buck has to stop with the manager. There comes a point where the excuses have to stop and things have to change - Arsenal are at this point.

While the players do share a chunk of the blame, cast your mind back to seasons 2007/08, 2010/11 and 2013/14 where Arsenal were first for an extended period of time but managed to implode. There were different players back then, but the same man was in charge - Wenger.

If Wenger fails to win the title when Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are so weak, when can he win it?

The Gunners have the resources to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, but it is Wenger's stubbornness that is withholding the Arsenal boss from spending it. He is too pedantic, and while that can be a good trait to have, in this instance, he is holding the club back from progressing and must step aside to license a younger, hungrier manager to take charge.

Robin Van Persie still has not been adequately replaced, the hole Patrick Vieira left has still not been plugged and a commanding centre-half is still missing. These dilemmas did not arise yesterday, Wenger has had ample time to seek replacements, but he has failed to bring one in.

"Be careful what you wish for" or "Look at Manchester United" are often the two arguments mentioned to concoct a case for Wenger to stay, however, the farce at United only occurred because of a failure to replace Sir Alex Ferguson adequately. 

The Arsenal fans are disenchanted with seeing the same mistakes recurring year after year, and with a Leicester title triumph looming, the unrest among the fans could deepen beyond repair, leaving his position at the club untenable, no matter what the board think. The excuses Wenger has fed them is now out of the window. 

Although some blame the Arsenal fans for having an unwarranted sense of entitlement, it must be frustrating to see early season promise evaporate just when things start to heat up at the summit of the table. It is no surprise to see such a distinct division among the supporters, with some of Wenger's ardent backers failing to justify some of his underachievement.

Yes, he guarantees Champions League football, but Wenger's critics argue it does not mean anything when the club unceremoniously crash out of the competition at the last-16 every year. 

The pressure on Wenger is mounting and whether he can ride out the storm upcoming if Arsenal do not recover to win the league title remains to be seen. If not, his time is up.

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