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It would be sad to see Arsene go but...





For years I have resisted joining the calls for the dismissal of Arsene Wenger from Arsenal, despite his not winning anything or showing any ambition to win. I just could not picture an Arsene Wenger-less Arsenal.

There is no doubt in my mind that Wenger has been a great manager in years gone by. This is the manager who guided Arsenal to some great moments. However, as things stand, it appears that the manager has lost the plot. Arsenal have become a laughing stock to rival managers and players.

Wenger’s teams of seven years have failed to win anything, let alone reach a cup final. He had players who, ironically, have moved on to other teams and are winning things. The situation is not being helped by the fact that after every season a big name leaves the Emirates. At a team like Arsenal it is unacceptable that their top players a leaving to join rivals.

The situation is compounded by Arsene’s failure to sign able replacements. He has gone for some average players who fade after a few games. Andre Arshavin, when he came to Arsenal, was hailed as the next best thing. He never lived up to expectations. In came Maraone Chamakh. There was so much hype but he failed to deliver when it mattered most.

It is quite disheartening to find that rival teams have somehow turned Arsenal into their feeder team. Barcelona signed three of Arsena's best players within a seven year period - Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and, recently, Alex Song. These players were never properly replaced.

Not being satisfied with taking Arsenal's best player and captain, Robin van Persie, away, it is reported that Sir Alex Ferguson is pondering bringing in Theo Walcott to Old Trafford. Theo’s long-running negotiations are well documented. Walcott has expressed his desire to stay at the club, however the club seems unprepared to meet his wage demands.

The worrying thing is, with all the money the team has made with the sale of their top players, why can’t Wenger bring in quality players to the Emirates? The supporters are suffering. The league needs a stronger Arsenal, like it used to be many seasons ago.

There was a time when the Emirates was a fortress but now everybody believes they can go there and come back with a win.

There was hope at the beginning of the current season when Arsene brought in German international Lukas Podolski, Spanish Santi Carzola and French star Olivier Giroud. There was renewed belief among the Gunners supporters that this season things would be different. However, as things stand, there is little hope. With the team hitting their lowest level, being knocked out League Cup quarterfinals by a team from the fourth tier of the England league, Bradford City, the manager remained bullish.

Trailing leaders Manchester United by 15 points, it is only Wenger who believes things will change for the better. It is difficult to understand where he is drawing his optimism from; given the way the team is playing.

The team’s chances of progression in the Uefa Champions League knockout stages are looking bleaker with each game the team plays.

Are the players finally having enough of their manager? Is it a coincidence that so many players, who started so beautifully in the season, have suddenly lost interest in winning?

There is what seems to be blind loyality amont Arsenal fans. For a big club like Arsenal, the fans seem to be resigned to coming fourth.

Sir Alex Ferguson did not last at Manchester United because of his ability to develop players. No, he got players who were average and turned them into superstars. I do not remember Manchester United going for two seasons without any silverware.

Whatever the reasons are, the team’s downward spiral cannot be allowed to continue. Something drastic needs to happen. It is time Arsenal look to the future and let the manager go. The team needs fresh ideas that will bring about changes. I doubt if Wenger is the person to turn things around.

All good things come to an end and, as sad as it will be for many Arsenal supporters, change is inevitable if the team is to reclaim its former glory.

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