Many fans are hoping Arsene Wenger will call time on his Arsenal career at the end of the campaign, but when recently speaking about his future he seemingly confirmed that he’d be here for at least another season, as reported by the Express.
Wenger has been facing more and more criticism as the season goes on, with the fans growing tired of seeing the same old Arsenal – building up our hopes only to dash them again and end the campaign merely challenging for top four for another season.
When asked about his future ahead of our Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion this Thursday, Wenger clearly wanted to avoid any type of discussion about his future, reiterating that he fully intended to respect his contract.
“I do not want to comment on that – I always respect my contract,” he said.
While it’s great that Wenger is showing loyalty to the club, a huge section of the Arsenal fanbase will be wishing he’d just pack his bags and leave. He’s done a huge amount for Arsenal over the years, but his shortcomings over the last few years have been incredibly infuriating.
He has been failing to learn from his mistakes and utilising the same ineffective tactics and philosophies again and again, and as Albert Einstein once said: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
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It would be a shame for the 66-year-old to leave at such a low point, but there is potential for it to get worse. With his reliance on injury prone players and his insistence that he can’t buy more players due to the injured ones he already has and their potential return dates, next season could end up being a disaster.
The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool are all likely to be stronger next season, while Tottenham have annoyingly looked excellent this season. Leicester City will surely drop off next year, but the battle for the top four could be more closely contested than ever. If Wenger were to end his Arsenal career by dropping out of the Champions League for the first time, that would be a real dent in his already tainted legacy.
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We’d love Wenger to stay and prove everyone wrong by building a title winning side for next season, but if that’s not going to happen then he may well regret not stepping down and finding a replacement.