Is it time for Wenger to go?
With Arsenal failing to win any of their last 4 home games, there are doubts once again over Arsène Wenger’s position as manager. Arsenal have consistently disappointed their fans in the league, as they haven’t challenged for the title in a number of years now, with Wenger seemingly settling for fourth in the league and the last 16 of the Champions League.
Although Arsenal have won 2 consecutive FA Cups this year they were dumped out by a buoyant Watford and Arsenal fans are now expecting more with their massive transfer budget. At the start of this season, Wenger only signed a goalkeeper in Petr Cech, who, to be fair, is a world-class player, but he isn’t the answer to Arsenal’s problems. The fact that Arsène Wenger didn’t even start Petr Cech in the Champions League group stage match vs Olympiacos back in September and instead played David Ospina, questions Wenger’s motives in Europe’s biggest competition.
Per Mertesacker is often criticised as one of the team’s weakest points, as he is described as too slow to be a highly rated centre back. His mistake against bitter rivals, Tottenham, led to Harry Kane’s outrageous goal in the North London derby, which angered Arsenal fans to say the least. Arsenal’s strike force is also a cause for concern, as strikers like Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are good, but not great and are not 30-goals-a-season strikers, like Karim Benzema or Edison Cavan. Despite this being the obvious solution to Arsenal’s problems, Arsène’s stubbornness often gets in the way of him spending money.
It seems as though Arsenal have already thrown away the title in what has been described as a ‘weak league’ this year. The Gunners have been accused of bottling their best chance in years to secure the Premier League title. With Leicester and Tottenham sitting in 1st and 2nd place and neither of them being the typical league winning candidates pre season, Arsenal should be running away the league.
Since Arsenal have been knocked out of the FA Cup and face a difficult challenge in Champions League, being 2-0 down to Barcelona with another game to play at Camp Nou, silverware seems to be a bit of a stretch for the Gooners this season.
Is Wenger’s stubbornness getting in the way of Arsenal’s title chances?
And who should be his replacement if he goes?
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