Football tends to move on from things pretty quickly these days, because let’s face it, it has to. The game moves at a million miles per hour, and when you really think about it, there isn’t much of an ‘off-season’. Even during the summer there are usually international tournaments to occupy ourselves with, meaning that it can be somewhat difficult to stop and analyse things from a logistical point of view.
When it comes to this particular topic, however, there are always going to be some fans who want to hold onto the past. We are, of course, referring to Arsene Wenger. The former Arsenal boss has been away from the game ever since he left the club, which occurred around this time last year. Now, it’s been over a year since he took charge of his final game as manager of the club. With that being the case, we thought it’d be interesting to look back on the year that has been.
When Arsene left the club it’s safe to say that things were starting to get pretty toxic. For all of the success that he’d been able to bring, there was an equal amount of ‘bad times’ – which is probably an understatement in itself. The last few years of his tenure may have involved an FA Cup triumph or two, but aside from that, he just seemed to be dragging the club down.
When he left Arsenal brought in Unai Emery, and to be honest, it feels like he’s been here much longer than just a year. He may be quiet and unassuming at times, but you need that kind of figure from time to time. He sits back and does his job without raising all too many alarm bells, and if he’s able to bring the Europa League back to the Emirates in a few weeks time, we’d say that his first season should be considered an overwhelming success.
You can’t just erase everything that Wenger did because that’d be dishonest, but we don’t need to harp on about it 24/7. The guy had his moments but they wound up being few and far between in the latter stages of his run, and there’s just no way of getting around that fact. We’re much better off as a club without him on the touchline.
Do you think that Arsenal have been better off without Wenger?