Is it time for Wenger to say goodbye?

Arsene Wenger has been Arsenal manager longer than I’ve been alive. So is it finally time for him to go?

There are three things that are certain in life: Death, taxes, and a new one year contract for Arsene Wenger.

The legendary Frenchman has been Arsenal boss for 21 years now and, with over 850 games, 4 FA cups and 3 League titles, most Arsenal fans would agree he has elevated Arsenal to be one of the Worlds most recognisable clubs. However, as the saying goes – “all good things must come to an end”, and for many Arsenal fans, Wenger’s end is soon coming to an approaching. The ‘gooners’ currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League – meaning (with 8 games left) If they were to finish here it would be worse placed position for Arsenal since their mid table 12th in 1995.

Recently, other than Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Watford the current results haven’t been looking like a big four team. Some of these results include recent loses to newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion, local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and relegation battling Swansea City – all which pundits and officials predicted Arsenal to win easily. This raised some questions with the club, managerial staff and players of which who was under performing in this time of need for Arsenal football club.

Clearly many people blamed Wenger for his shameless tactics and poor decisions putting him in the clear spotlight of the media. With this, many outlets were reporting on the next Arsenal manager and who it could be: some said club record goal scorer Thierry Henry should be the man for the job – although many fans believe this view is led by the heart, not the brain. Established managers such as Celtic’s Brendon Rodgers, World Cup winner Joachim Low and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti have all, at one point or another, been in contention for the job.

Notably out of all this attention Arsene Wenger responded by “I turned the whole world down to respect my contracts”. “So, I am still amazed that I still have to answer these types of questions.” But some people are still unsure if Arsene Wenger has outstayed his welcome at Arsenal football club.

Arsenal still sit 12 points behind 4th place title rivals Liverpool and this would be the second time in two seasons the club would be without a Champions League spot – once again settling for UEFA’s secondary competition – the Europa League. A second year without world class international football would enrage the fans – who do not want to see their club as merely second tier – yet fear this is the direction they are heading towards.

The popular and controversial social media channel Arsenal Fan TV has many comments on Arsene Wenger including fans opinions which most want him to step down from his position. One fan even went as far to call Wenger “a piece of sh*t”

“If he cares about the club he would leave” rages one fan in the inbox of my account. “The fact he won’t budge shows he only cares about himself”. And maybe he is correct. Maybe Wenger is truly past it.

But I guess not, and we may just have to wait one more year. Because while “all good things must come to an end”, maybe, just maybe, Arsene Wenger really is eternal.

Sam Veal is a writer at Circasport.

You can follow him on Instagram @samveal_


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