Following over two decades of success at Highbury and then the Emirates Stadium, the clock finally seems to have struck midnight on Arsene Wenger’s tenure as manager of Arsenal Football Club. For a few years now supporters have been in favour of the idea of giving him the sack, but now, things have been taken to a whole new level.
The North Londoners find themselves a staggering 33 points behind league leaders Manchester City, and 13 points behind local rivals Tottenham Hotspur who currently occupy 4th spot. The only hope remaining for Arsenal lies in the Europa League, which could be the only way they could even think about reaching the Champions League in the 2018/19 campaign.
The 68-year-old Frenchman is no fool and he clearly knows that he’s on borrowed time, and because of that, it is time to start thinking about bringing in someone else.
However, it shouldn’t happen until the end of the season.
One last chance at European glory
Despite what many fans believe, loyalty and history do have a place in football in the current era – and Arsenal need to trust in the fact that Wenger knows time is ticking. It’s clear to see that the top four is a million miles away from reality right now, which is why their priority should instead be focused on consolidating their place in the top six and winning the Europa League.
This is likely going to be Arsene’s final chance at capturing European silverware, and while it may not be the trophy he would’ve wanted, it’d be a nice consolidation prize for him to ride off into the sunset with. In terms of the remaining competition, there are only a handful of times Arsenal should be afraid of at this stage, with their next opponents AC Milan being more than beatable based on their squad alone.
New manager needs time
Even if they don’t get the job done, Arsene deserves to see the season out, because a new manager coming in is going to need a full summer of preparation before being thrust into a job of this magnitude.
If you rush this move then it could wind up creating even more issues in the long run, and while many fans don’t like him, he should still be able to wave farewell to the Emirates faithful – because he’s given a lot to the club over the years.
In terms of Thursday night, the Gunners are 13/5 underdogs heading into their trip to Milan.