It seems to be a debate that has gone on for season after season. Wenger’s failure to win a trophy for nearly a decade has certainly jeopardised the security of his job among the fans. Apparently, the board have always been in total support of Wenger due to his trophy-winning, fourth-placed exploits.
Year in year out the experience of Wenger tactically has helped Arsenal to the riches of Champions League football and the balance sheet looks lovely. The team has seen two world-class additions in consecutive summers and there is a feeling from the fans, on Twitter at least, that this side is only a couple of signings from challenging for the league title once again.
However, people seem afraid to ask whether Wenger is still the right man to lock horns for a Premier League trophy when managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp are available. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are the start of a truly formidable forward line, but Wenger’s hesitancy in the transfer market may still hold Arsenal back. Back-to-back FA Cup victories have bought more time for the Frenchman, but the third position in the 2014/15 season never really left the Gunners with a shot at the title.
Wenger Out has died down thanks to another trophy and a wonderful end of season run of form, although we all know it will resurface with the inevitable dodgy run of form and disappointing January window. Arsenal fans are infamous for their Twitter power and the more balanced of them must be wondering if Wenger will ever move on from the continued disappointed at the Emirates. Wenger’s wonderful experience in his time in management has helped to guide Arsenal to European football once more, yet it takes more than experience and guile to win a title. Wenger’s killer instinct and ability to spot special talents are bargain prices has waned dramatically in recent years.
The transfer market has seen Arsenal adopt a drastically different approach from their rivals. Whilst City, United and Chelsea splash the cash at will, the building of the Emirates has caused a more cautious, profit-based approach from the Gunners. Unfortunately, this has left Arsenal to miss out on countless targets and could see them fail to take advantage of their currently wonderfully talented squad.
Jackson Martinez’s move to AC Milan has seen another target go elsewhere and the desperate requirement for a new centre-forward, at least one central defender and a controlling midfielder has not been answered for years. The current squad does not only produce highly competitive starting line-ups, but has depth that recent Arsenal squads have not offered. Jack Wilshere may finally fulfil his potential, whilst the inter-play between Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil and Sanchez was some of the best football seen in Europe this season.
Wenger has outstayed his welcome for many Arsenal fans and those wanting him to stay could just be clouded with loyalty towards a manager who has done an excellent holding job in recent years, but nothing more. The ambition of managers around Europe, partly because of the threat to their jobs, is above that of Wenger’s and unless this summer is ruthless in meeting their requirements it we may well be about to begin Wenger’s last season in England.
One more season should be given for Wenger to push for the title and unless noticeable improvements are made it must be the end for Wenger to avoid wasting one of the most talented squads in Europe.