Boy it is tough to support Arsenal Football club! This club can infuriate you, anger you, disappoint you and then give you moments like Sunday evening. Every Arsenal season for the past few years has been a roller coaster ride. But this season more than most has brought us some really terrible moments. A majority of the club’s fan base wants Arsene Wenger, the most successful manager in the history of the club, to resign from his post at the club. And rightly so. But the FA Cup glory will give Arsene Wenger the contract he does not deserve.
Yes, Arsenal are yet to win the FA Cup. In order for Arsene Wenger to win a record 7th FA Cup, his team will have to beat Chelsea who by then would probably be the champions of England. But something tells you that this might just be Arsenal’s year.
From what we know, Arsene Wenger has been offered a two year contract which he is yet to sign. The club wants him to stay provided he makes some significant changes both on the field as well as off it. The club wants a director of football while they also want changes in the Wenger’s coaching staff.
Wenger does not like this and apparently his relations with the Arsenal board have soured over the past few weeks. The problem at Arsenal football club is that Wenger is the true epicenter of power at the club. It was Wenger who appointed Ivan Gazidis as the the CEO of Arsenal FC !
We can all accept that Arsene Wenger has been an incredible manager for Arsenal. He changed the landscape of Arsenal as well as English football in his early years at the club. Probably the best compliment that you can pay Wenger is that he gave the greatest manager in the history of the game a run for his money during the first eight years at Arsenal.
But that is in the past. In 2017, Wenger is no longer one of the best managers in the world. He is not as good as he once was and he is definitely not the right man to take Arsenal FC forward. But he does not see it that way.
The future of the manager is not the only uncertainty at the moment. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are the club’s two best players and neither of them have signed a contract extension. Sanchez is one of the best player’s in the league and it looks like he will not be at the club for long. Ozil has his fair share of critics but his departure will be no less disastrous for the club.
So what does Arsenal do ? The future of their manager and best players are uncertain. The supporters have been protesting against the manager and the board. The fans want Sanchez and Ozil to stay but neither of them want to while the manager is desperate to stay but the fans want him to leave !
Honestly, Wenger must leave. And the FA Cup provides him with a wonderful opportunity to have a great farewell. Even his staunchest critics want Wenger to leave with his head held high. But his recent struggles have divided the club’s fan base leading to infighting among the supporters.
Wenger is an intelligent man. But he blinded by his stubbornness and love for the club. Arsenal will most likely not play in the Champions League next season which could prove to be a turning point in the club’s history.
Sanchez and Ozil are world class players who will want to play in Europe’s elite competition. The Champions League is also attractive for prospective players as everyone wants to play in this competition. So the lack of the European football could prove to be a huge struggle for Arsenal.
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But what if Arsenal manage to scrape into the top four ? What if they get Champions League next season and also win the FA Cup. After all, no club has won more FA Cups than Arsenal and no manager has won the FA Cup more times than Wenger. Had he been English, the competition might well be named after him.
Arsenal always finish the season strongly so you cannot rule out the possibility of them winning the cup and finishing in the top four. If that is so, then Wenger should take that opportunity to leave the club.
He cannot take the club further but he might still have a great ending. Leaving Arsenal as the most successful FA club and the greatest manager of the oldest competition in the world is not a bad to leave eh ?