We hear from another Pessimist Gooner who thinks that though Arsene and Arsenal have done well, it might be time for the manager to move on. Read on…
Arsenal have played some exquisite football at times this season and are currently joint-second in the Premier League after a phenomenal run of form throughout the latter half of the campaign. The Gunners are unbeaten in ten league games, winning nine and drawing their most recent match against the champions elect Chelsea. However, many are suggesting that now may be the right time for Arsene Wenger to stand down as manager.
In terms of his legacy, it may be better for Wenger to leave the club with his head held high rather than risk getting sacked next season. We take a look at Arsenal’s season under the Frenchman and give our thoughts on whether Wenger should leave Arsenal at the end of the season or have one more attempt at winning the title.
They started slowly but have picked up their form
The Gunners started slowly and won just two of their first eight league matches this campaign – which equaled their worst start to a Premier League season under Wenger. On Christmas Day, Arsenal were sixth in the division and were in serious danger of missing out on a coveted Champions League spot.
However, they have been exceptional since the turn of the year and have arguably been the best team in England’s top flight during 2015. Wenger would certainly like another crack at the title and if he is still the manager in August, he will be looking to earn a few wins to ease any early pressure.
They struggled in the Champions League
Ultimately, the Gunners failed in the Champions League this year. They finished runner up in their group to German side Borussia Dortmund but were ‘let off’ as they drew Monaco – arguably the weakest side remaining in the knockout stages – in the last-16. However, Arsenal crashed out and Wenger’s tactics in the first leg were severely questioned as Arsenal were thrashed 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
If they win the FA Cup again, this is the perfect time to stand down
If Arsenal manage to record back-to-back FA Cup triumphs, then it would signal the perfect opportunity for Wenger to stand down and ensure that his legacy remains intact. After waiting 10 years for a victory in a major competition, successive wins would allow the Frenchman to leave the club with his reputation as one of the greatest managers to lead the Gunners.