Wenger Out

Story by: Ben Sanders

Arséne Wenger is the most influential manager in Premier League history, but for one of the game’s greatest, his time is up. His Arsenal team has been in free-fall for the last decade as he has failed to bolster his team to keep up with the rigors of English soccer.

When Wenger arrived in England in 1996, he transformed not only Arsenal, but the league in its entirety with his nutrition and fitness regimes and scouting tactics to discover players like Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. Wenger took the team to unprecedented heights and sparred toe-to-toe with leviathan Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United team.

Wenger’s Arsenal squad 0has won the FA Cup six times and Premier League three times, including the 2003-04 season where the team didn’t lose a single game and was branded The Invincibles. Nowadays, Arsenal are the laughing stock of the league and lose to minnows with only a fraction of the cash and resources, such as Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

This isn’t anything new as the team was knocked out of the UEFA Champions League 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich and are level on points with Everton, in the Premier League, for the sixth and final European spot. If Everton keep up their successful 2017 calendar year, accruing the second most points since January 1 with 27, then Arsenal may be out of Europe altogether in 2017-18.

Unrest is swirling around the team with star Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez and German playmaker Mesut Ozil ready to pack their bags for greener pastures. These players left Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively to challenge for titles in the ultracompetitive Premier League not to get embarrassed on a daily basis.

The team has turned into a living meme with banter pages across the internet making fun of Arsenal’s ability to barely squeak into the coveted top-4 and “Wenger Out” signs springing up at places like Trump rallies, WrestleMania, controversial Pepsi commercials and even on the screens in Times Square. Arsenal Fan TV is now must watch content as fans voice their displeasure across social media.

Arsenal are at an impasse, as Wenger is not only the head coach, but the director of football and chief scout. His amount of power is unprecedented in sports and he has the power to negotiate whatever  contract he likes with team owner Stan Kroenke.

Bad news Arsenal fans, according to The Daily Mirror’s John Cross, Wenger isn’t going anywhere and is expected to sign a new two-year deal. This comes after only registering three victories since February 20, two of which are against semi-professional teams in the lower echelons of the English soccer  pyramid.

The time is now for the board of directors at Arsenal to put their big-boy pants on or risk becoming  just another mediocre team.

Featured image for this post courtesy of Sky Sports

 

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