Arsene Wenger: Why the Arsenal gaffer’s time is passing by

The intense pressure that has surrounded Arsene Wenger for a number of years has now escalated to an excessive period of uncertainty and instability at the club.

Protests against the Arsenal boss was in full force before the 5-1 defeat (10-2 on aggregate) to Bayern Munich outside the Emirates as a large gathering of fans expressed their desire to see the Frenchman step down from his helm.

The crushing defeat to top-four rivals Liverpool at the weekend followed by yesterday’s humiliation is of course likely to distress the Arsenal faithful.

Without a league title since 2004, perhaps Arsenal fans are fair to say that now is the time for change.


Worth a change

But after such a long time at the heart of club, where would Arsenal be without Arsene Wenger? Does his twenty years of dedication and loyalty to the club really deserve such anguish following a torrid week?

Perhaps Arsenal were to turn their season upside down by winning the FA Cup and once again finish respectably in the top four for the 20th consecutive season under Arsene Wenger.

It appears that is not enough for a large section of Arsenal fans, who demand change.


Possible repercussions

But the risk of change could ultimately have major repercussions.

Take Manchester United for example; once they lost their longest-serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson, they finished 7th the following season and are still searching for the stability that they once had.

Four years on, they are slowly rediscovering solidity under Jose Mourinho, but the ‘Special One’ has been known to drift from team to team throughout his career.

Arsenal fans may regret what they wish for, as an overhaul of change may be on the cards.


Players to follow Wenger out of the club

If the ‘Wenger Out’ fans are granted their request, they must understand a number of players will follow suit.

Alexis Sanchez has been in the spotlight recently as his future at the Emirates Stadium is looking increasingly uncertain after talks over a new contract have stalled.

The 28-year-old top goal-scorer for the club has less than 18 months left on his contract and has so far shown no sign of putting pen to paper.

He has been linked with Paris St Germain and Juventus while Chelsea and Manchester City are also keen on the Chile forward.

Losing another key player to a domestic competitor will certainly cause a damaging outcome to this team that are still trying to catch up with their title rivals.

He would join the long list of Arsenal players to join a rival side, which includes the likes of: Robin Van Persie (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City).

Sanchez is not the only player who could be on the brink of leaving the club.

Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs contracts expire in less than 18 months.


Downfall partly Wenger’s fault

The downfall since that title winning side in 2004 has been a cause for concern for a number of years, which surely cannot be solely down to the manager.

The club as a whole, including the hierarchy may need to re-evaluate themselves and their decision making come the end of the season.


Fate yet to be determined

Nevertheless, Wenger will be given until at least the end of his contract to determine his fate.

Whether the club allow him to decide his own outcome out of respect for what he has done for the club will remain to be seen.


Written by Conor Lee

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