Arsene Wenger is one of the greatest managers the Premier League has ever seen, but for some fans, one of the most frustrating, too.
Until two years ago, Arsenal hadn’t won a major trophy for eight years. They ended that barren spell by winning the FA Cup in 2014, before going on to win the Community Shield a few months later. Wenger’s side followed that up with a identical sweep of silverware just 12 months later.
Yet the one competition that has so famously evaded Arsenal for so long is the Premier League title.
Many have put their lack of title success down to a lack of spending, caused, apparently, by the move into the Emirates Stadium. With all of it paid off, Wenger bought in the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez – two world class players.
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This season looks to be the Gunners’ best opportunity to grab the title, with Chelsea languishing in mid-table, Manchester City proving inconsistent, Manchester United boring and the belief that Leicester will slip up at some point.
Arsenal sit pretty at the top with Leicester, both joint on 44 points, and their defence is solid – boosted by the summer signing of Petr Cech between the sticks.
The midfield is also working well, with Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Ozil all working well alongside each other to make Arsenal tick.
Ozil has really come out of his boots this season, proving why Real Madrid held him in such regard and were upset at him leaving the club. He has been assisting left right and centre, helping Giroud to become the great striker Wenger knew he could be.
Wenger always claims he would only leave Arsenal if it was in the right hands – could this be the time? It has been 12 years since Arsenal last won the title, and this season really would be deemed a failure if they did not end bring that wait to an end. It’s getting to the business end of the season now, and opportunities will be limited if they do not grab it with both hands.
With the current top six still left to play the Gunners, they will need to win these games to prove they truly are worthy title contenders. With Barcelona awaiting them in the Champions League, it seems more sensible for Arsenal to focus on their domestic duties first. Barcelona are too good this season, and could easily be the first team to win back-to-back Champions Leagues.
With Guardiola available, Arsene Wenger may be considering handing over the reins to the best coach in Europe at the moment. Whether or not Guardiola would be interesting in taking the Arsenal hot-seat remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain, winning the title could not only remove those years of pain for Arsenal fans, but also be beneficial for the club’s future.
With the team doing so well and consistency helping to make results go their way, what better way for Wenger to retire from management than leave on a high.