Arsenal enter the final four weeks of their season, and what a turbulent campaign it’s been. Blessed with so much promise after the signing of Mesut Ozil in the summer, an Aaron Ramsey-inspired Arsenal rose to the top of the Premier League with a solid defence as the bedrock to their success.
It all went pear shaped after Christmas with some big name injuries and with it went the confidence of the fans in Arsene Wenger. Another lackluster winter transfer window went by despite the evident financial muscle the club commanded. The lack of investment has clearly hurt us dearly while there is certainly some question marks over the fitness regime and medical staff at the club.
Now we’re back in the race for the ‘fourth place trophy’, a term coined from the man himself after listing his priorities but there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel – an FA Cup final.
With Wenger’s contract expiring this summer and a new deal on the plate, should we miss out on fourth place and/or the Cup we may see the last of the Frenchman. If the unthinkable happens he will view the season as a step back, not forward that this season demanded.
It may well be a farewell parting gift, lifting the first trophy in 9 gut-wrenching years or a sour goodbye for Le Professeur should we fail. Everton’s loss to Palace has put us back in the driving seat for UCL qualification ahead of this weekends trip to Hull and we need a convincing display for a full 90 minutes.
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The next four weeks will define Wenger’s future. A good number of Arsenal fans have already given up on him, think his ideas are stale and we need an improved back room staff and hierarchy at the club. Regardless of whether Wenger stays we must remain united for the final run in and get behind the team, there’s no need for the AKB vs AOB conflicts until after the final whistle on May 17th. Wenger’s done an awful lot for this club so give him the respect he deserves.