After a humiliating defeat in the Champions League against Bayern Munich (5-1), there have been a number of questions regarding the future of manager Arsene Wenger coming to light. While he has been the subject of speculation for a number of years regarding the 4th place positioning and lack of silverware Arsenal have accumulated, it is beginning to appear that this is the last straw for the manager of 21 years. Here, we take a look at some of the biggest questions that Arsenal will be facing over the future of their manager.
Is This Year Any Different?
A post-Christmas wobble in the Premier League and a Champions League exit at the last 16 has been the same for the past six seasons, but this bad spell for the club is beginning to lead to anger from the fans who have been behind the manager for so long. While they are fourth in the Premier League currently, are sitting in the FA Cup quite comfortably and are not yet out of Europe (although a 5-1 defeat really doesn’t look good against a team like Bayern Munich), a vast majority of the fans are looking to see Wenger walk. The manager’s contract expires in the summer, and it may lead to a decision that sees the contract not being renewed and the fans waving goodbye to Arsene Wenger who appeared to be a very broken man in the press conference after the match. While the club’s board has never been swayed by the fan’s outcries for the manager to leave, things seem to be a little more futile this season, which could lead to serious doubt on whether Wenger will continue his 21-year reign over the club.
Will Wenger Have A Say?
Wenger is the longest serving manager at Arsenal in the club’s history, and is also the most successful. With a lot of respect teetering on his side of the deal and a contract extension offer on the table at the beginning of the season, it’ll be interesting to see how much of an influence Wenger will have on the club. With respect amongst the club’s board and the manager, it is highly likely that there will be a lot of respect and mature discussion when it comes to the future of the manager. However, Kroenke Senior, owner of the club, is said to be likely to be in favour of Wenger staying on, so it may be ultimately Wenger’s decision on whether he walks or stays.
Is The Future Too Ominous To See Wenger Leave?
Wenger has had a lot of success at the club – with three Premier League titles, six FA Cups and never finishing outside of the top 4 over the 21 year reign over the club. Wenger quickly transformed the club into a global power, and with a new stadium and competitive top-level football both domestically and in Europe, there’s plenty of reasons why the board may be too concerned about a future without him to see him go. With no guarantee that a future manager will do better than Wenger, it is a very ominous future ahead of the club. However, it is beginning to seem unlikely that the club will win another trophy in the near future under his wing, so it may be a risk the club will be willing to take.
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