In what was quite possibly one of the worst performances by an Arsenal outfit this season, fans have come out yet again with the call to sack Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal manager has been under the scrutiny of the Gunners fans for the best part of three years now, and their 2-1 loss to lowly Bournemouth will only fuel that fire.
While the Arsenal manager is not short of silverware during his time at the club, he has not won the English Premier League in almost fourteen years. The only saving grace has been that Arsenal has won the FA Cup and the Community Shield pretty regularly in the past four seasons. Is that worth keeping Wenger around though?
Wenger signed on as Arsenal’s manager on the 22nd of September, 1996. During the time that he has spent with Arsenal, he has won a total of seventeen trophies. That is all fine and dandy, until you realize that he has not won the English League in the last fourteen years and not a single one of those seventeen have come in European competitions.
Wenger had a decent run early on in his career, and we can not forget that season in 2003-04 where “The Invincibles” won the league without losing a single game. The next season, he won the FA Cup. That would be where everything started to go downhill for Wenger, with a title drought running from 2005 through to the 2013-14 season. Despite having signed players such as Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie and Lukas Podolski along the way, he still could not find a way to win silverware. Recently, that has improved with a few FA Cup and Community Shield wins, but that is not why the fans want Wenger out.
The dramas over the last two years have led to some interesting times for everyone involved at Arsenal, fans included. The tipping point for quite a few fans was Tottenham ending up above Arsenal in the 2016-17 Premier League season, however, it is believed that the Gunners winning the FA Cup saved Wenger. Four days after that win, Wenger signed a contract extension which would see him at the club until the end of the 2018-19 season. Titles are something that a lot of clubs pride themselves on, but what about the happiness of their players?
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been rumored to be on the outs for the best part of a year now, with Sanchez being linked to Manchester United and Manchester City over the last week. As a matter of fact, Sanchez had agreed to leave Arsenal for City in the summer, only for the deal to fall through when Arsenal could not sign Thomas Lemar. Mesut Ozil has also been approached by Manchester United, however, Juventus offered the German a deal that, according to juvefc.com, impressed Ozil, with him seriously tempted by a move to Turin.
That leaves Arsenal with a rather large gap in two thirds of the field, as Sanchez can be lethal up front, while Ozil has been a mastermind in the guts of the Arsenal attack. We all saw that come into fruition as the Gunners went down to relegation battlers Bournemouth. Wenger is serving the last of his touchline ban after questioning the integrity of official Mike Dean after the draw at West Bromwich Albion, so we will see what he can do without two of his stars.
Is it time for Wenger to hang it up? That really is in the air, with Arsenal out of contention for the English Premier League title once again. They are also out of the FA Cup, losing to Nottingham Forest 4-2. It bodes the question as to whether Wenger will see out until 2019, or whether he will be move on, so Arsenal can do the same. Only time will tell, however, Arsenal fans won’t see much of Wenger in the following years if he doesn’t get the results this season.