For full disclosure, before we get underway with this post, Arsene Wenger is one of the greatest football managers of all time. For real. Who can forget the 2003-4 Invincibles Squad? And who can deny that Wenger turns little known talent into big name stars? However, if Arsenal want to win anything this year, Wenger needs to go. Here are just some of the (many) reasons why.
Arsenal have some of the most talked about signings of the summer, ironically. It’s ironic, because all anyone is talking about is how they’re not making any signings. It seems as though, despite the fans pleas, Wenger isn’t going to be splashing the cash before this season starts. He never seems to learn from past mistakes! The lack of spending has got a lot of Arsenal fans (and the players) worried that the team will be middle of the road, once again, this year. When you see some of the other big Premier League teams splashing their cash, it can be a little bit worrying. We don’t know whether he’s just super stubborn – as everyone is begging him to buy some big name – or just really stupid. Either way, tight Wenger needs to go.
One of the biggest worries for The Gooners is how quickly people are losing faith with their manager. Groups and anti-fan clubs have been set up, all with one goal in mind: Get Wenger Out! It was even heard chanted at matches during last season. When the fans lose faith, so do the players. Perhaps that’s why there were a fair few lacklustre performances last season. If the players lose faith then the chances of winning anything become pretty obsolete. If Wenger really wants to help Arsenal out, then he needs to restore the faith. Or leave. Before all of the players and the fans leave instead.
Don’t get us wrong, we love the fact that Wenger is pretty old school. He’s kept similar tactics for years and loves bringing in young talent. In fact, Arsenal are one of the only teams to turn an actual profit. However, his old school ways are starting to grind our gears. Perhaps it’s time for a fresh face and some renewed vigour. The man looks tired and is obviously in need of a break. We’ve heard that Thierry Henry has done a little bit of managerial training. Perhaps he could combine the old school charm of Wenger with a new perspective on the whole thing.
Look Wenger, we know you’re worried you’ll be out of a job if you leave Arsenal. However, we feel as though you’d be perfectly suited to a bit of politics after this. You’re good at saving money, you can rally a good side of young men (sometimes), and you’ve got the gift of the gab. If you ask us, Arsenal should fire Wenger so that he can start a new career in politics. Perhaps as the President of France? We’ve heard that Hollande isn’t really enjoying that job so much anymore.
So Wenger, as much as it pains us to say, we really think it’s time to hang up the hat. And the padded coat. You’ve had a good run and we’ve enjoyed having you on board for the last 20 years. But take a leaf out of Fergie’s book and know when to call it a day. The rest of us want a new, exciting Arsenal team – a team we don’t think you’re going to be able to give to us, unfortunately.