Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal demise is overstated

Arsenal are through to another FA Cup Final after disposing of Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

After falling behind thanks to a Sergio Aguero effort, Arsene Wenger’s men showed a fight that has been lacking for the majority of their season to come back and win 2-1.

Nacho Monreal was the man who got the equaliser before Alexis Sanchez scored in extra-time to give Gunners fans a day to remember.

The Gunners did ride their luck a little bit though, with Petr Cech only just stretching out his fingertips far enough to push Yaya Toure’s hooked shot onto the post, while Fernandinho crashed a header into the crossbar from a corner with the Arsenal ‘keeper well beaten.

This season may not have quite gone the way fans have wanted, but they could still end up with major honours come the end of May.

Whether Arsene Wenger stays or goes, all Arsenal fans should collect their free funds from right now.

The win is a big boost to Wenger, who has faced increasing calls to step aside as Emirates boss to allow fresh ideas to come into the club.

However, as these stats from Squawka show, perhaps those ‘Wenger Out’ calls are a little hasty.

That’s a consistency in big show piece games and competitions that supporters of most other teams would envy. Is that worth giving up to embark on the risk of a new manager with new ideas?

Wenger may not be hitting the heights of his famous Arsenal teams of the past right now, but they are far from a poor side and as evidenced, still have plenty about them in the big English competitions.

Before Arsenal return to Wembley at the end of May to face London rivals and probable Premier League champions Chelsea, the Gunners still have a number of key league fixtures to play.

Having played three fewer games than Everton, who sit above them in sixth position in the table, the Gunners have a hectic next couple of weeks.

A home match at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday to face last season’s champions Leicester City is followed by a huge north London derby against title contenders Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

May sees Arsenal host Man United before back-to-back trips to Southampton and Stoke, followed by a brace of home games to finish the season against Sunderland and Chelsea, hopefully for them securing a top four finish.

Champions League qualification and another domestic trophy certainly won’t represent the demise that the stats show is overstated.