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Is it time to move on?
Member Name: Beanie8844
Advantages: great manager and coach, great a spotting talent
Disadvantages: will never admit when he is wrong
In Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have definitely got one of the most naturally talented coaches in the world. His eye for footballing talent is unquestionable, yet some of the decisions he has made especially recently certainly are.
In 1996 and following the departure of Bruce Rioch Arsenal had a complete change of direction and opted for the services of the relatively unknown Wenger. Initially, the fans were not sure what to make of him and the strategy that he introduced. There was a complete change to the old drinking culture implemented by players like Tony Adams and Paul Merson at the club and a new regime based on good eating, a change in training methods and mentality. It did not take long though for Wenger to make the impact that he so wanted and this came hand in hand with class new signings, such as Viera, Overmars, Petit and Anelka.
With his feet firmly under the table and successful times ahead Wenger looked set for a long time at the helm of the club and the top signings continued - one in particular Thierry Henry optimized what Wenger was about. In Henry he turned a failing left winger into an out and out goal scoring machine who's talent was plain to see and could beat all on the world stage.
The team had lived up to its reputation by winning the Premier League and the FA Cup but success on the European Stage remained a stumbling block. In the 2003-2004 season the club made history by winning the league without a single defeat; an amazing achievement. It genuinely looked as though Wenger would be at the club forever because the fans adored him and the style of football - many of the other sides attempted to mimick this possession game based on snappy passing.
However, with a move to 'The Emirates Stadium' and the departure of Arsenals greatest ever player in Henry the clubs fortunes took a turn. They have not won a trophy since 2005 and for a club the size of Arsenal this is simply not good enough. There seems to have been a real change in the metality at the club. Before Arsenal had lots of foreign stars and there was an impetus on success - now things have changed. The club seem to have gone with a philosophy of getting as many young English or British players in the squad as possible with the likes of Gibbs, Wilshere, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain etc and the foreign stars that they have purchased have not been of the same caliber as before ie Giroud, Koscielny, Santos and Arteta. It appears that the club would rather make a huge profit and pay their shareholders than risk things, heavily invest and really challenge United and City.
In my opinion I think Wenger will struggle to remain in post beyond the end of the season if he cannot deliver that vital fourth spot that will secure Champions League Football - this is a must. But, he could go anyway. The club sit in fifth place and after an almost certain exit from the Champions League to Bayern Munich and being left in no other competitions due to defeats to lower league opposition in the Carling and FA Cups - could he be on his way. For me i think the hirearchy at Arsenal love Wenger because he delivers financial reward to them without breaking the bank. However, now i think the critics are gathering and a recent press conference in which he unusually lost his cool showed some cracks appearing.
After years at the helm and changing the Premier League for the good I think it's time Wenger stepped down. I would hate to see him sacked because i think he has been a loyal servant to the gooners and he would get more respect if he just resigned at the end of the current season, enabling a new chap to come in and take the reigns. They would be big boots to fill, but for me David Moyes has got the feet!
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Summary: a great guy to have had in the premier league for so long