Arsene Wenger is considering his future at Arsenal in the wake of the most recent displays of fan unrest, and may well step down at the end of the season, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Mail’s report suggests that while Wenger still has the complete faith of the board, he’s not sure if he can remain at the club. Our recent poor performances have brought a new wave of protest and discontent from the fans, and Wenger is seemingly growing tired of it.
Despite everything the Frenchman has done for the club, year after year he faces the same questions over his position. Many Arsenal fans have grown unhappy with the lack of silverware over the last decade, with just two FA Cups to our name – albeit in recent and consecutive seasons.
However, given the teams remaining in the FA Cup this season, we really should have won it a third time – or at the very least gone further in the competition. And with the current state of the Premier League, with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea seriously underperforming, we really should be doing a little better on that front too. It looks as though we may fall some way short of the Premier League title, and with Leicester and Tottenham currently ahead of us it makes our impending failure all the more disappointing.
While a lot of the criticism Wenger gets is extremely harsh, the fan fury this season is a little more understandable. After navigating our way through a difficult financial period, we looked to be steadily improving over the last few years. We’ve added players like Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, and Petr Cech to the squad, and back to back FA Cups suggested we were beginning to push the top teams for the title.
With the ‘top teams’ nowhere to be seen this season though, we’ve arguably digressed, and that puts Wenger under real pressure from the fans.
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There have been fans calling for Wenger to be sacked for years, and for the most part it really has been unfounded. This season it’s a little more understandable, but the fact that Wenger has been forced to deal with it for years means he’s now growing tired of it. It seems he may well be close to stepping down, so the question is, who will replace him?