Wenger must go before legacy is tarnished

Arsene Wenger has earned the status of football God and reached plateaus no other individual has touched – but the time has come for him to step down as manager of Arsenal before his impeccable reputation is tainted for good.

Last week’s victory over North London rivals, Tottenham, was not enough to paint over the well-formed cracks as yesterday Arsenal were back to disappointing ways with a characterless performance against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

In spite of his irreverence, Paul Merson said it best yesterday afternoon on Soccer Saturday with: “This is Arsenal Football Club – we’re not Fulham, it’s about winning trophies!” Merson is an Arsenal legend and would be the first to express admiration and respect for his former boss, but this suggests he is finding it hard to settle for Arsenal’s underwhelming influence in recent years.

It may well be that there is no manager out there who can bring trophies to the Emirates instantly. Nevertheless, the fact remains that Wenger has shown he doesn’t have what it takes to rebuild a side which can challenge for honours, and the impetus must now be given to a manager who can bring fresh ideas.

“You weren’t world class when Arsenal signed you” are the famous words uttered to Patrick Viera when he questioned Wenger on his failure to sign world class players. Undoubtedly, Wenger has a very strong record of transforming good players into great players – the trouble is, the last of Arsenal’s world class stars departed this past summer in the form of Robin van Persie, and Wenger’s current batch of players are far from showing signs that they can reach that status.

Wenger has more than earned the right to not be dismissed of his duties, especially midway through a season. The apt thing to happen would be for Wenger, himself, to acknowledge he is not the right man to take Arsenal forward and resign from his post at the end of the season.

It’ll be a very sad day when Wenger leaves Arsenal, but not as sad as this is – watching him wreck the magnificent legacy he created.

Aaron Rossi

8 Responses to Wenger must go before legacy is tarnished

  1. PJGooner November 26, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Come on guys, lets not be deluded!!!!!

    Wenger was a hero up until 5 or 6 years ago, since then he has lost his ability to buidl a new team, amazingly enough its ties in with the period we left Highbury…. is it money the club has not got or just pure arrogance of a person who believes he knows more than anyone around him and fails to listen and learn.

    Wengers legacy is very tarnished already, its a great shame, but I for one will look back on this once great man as an example of not knowing when to look at your wider team and take onboard their views and guidance. Perception is in fact reality, perception is that he has lost his way, reality is that we have gone backwards and have failed in the last 7 years……..

    Good bye Wenger, our Arsenal is lost, we need a new person to find it again.

  2. Nik November 26, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    what rubbish

  3. johngrndn@gmail.com November 26, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    PJ Gooner you should be ashamed of yourself ! Arsene Wenger has forgotten more about football than 99.9% of so called football people claim to know. His hands have been tied financially since the stadium move, yet he has still managed to polish uncut diamonds, e.g Nasri, Cesc and ,yes, RVP. Everybody has jumped on the RVP bandwagon without giving a thought to his seven or so seasons of 15 games a season. One great season and he is off for a major payday. Yet AW still got £24m for a 30 year old not guaranteed to play too often. The man is a genius and if you are a true Gooner, have some respect or get down the road to WHL – what was that one win in six games. AW would have been crucified.

  4. Mneal November 26, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Hay john you are the one who should be ashamed of yourself the guy has lost touch of today's modern football . Champions league or no Champions league it doesn't matter i think its time we find someone who is able can give what the supporters want.

  5. musyimisylvester@yahoo.com November 26, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Shame on to the person who gave you the authority to write such rubbish. Don't you have editors? When you are down doesn't mean you are out. It means you need more encouragement to overcome your obstacles. He is simply the best we have and what he has done simply is alot. Yous are not a true gooner. Go to Spurs.

  6. WillyG November 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Arsene Wenger, please just GO! We want our Arsenal back!

  7. gee@hotmail.com November 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    seen this on another blog – starting to share his sentiments!!

    “You really think waving a pokey little A4 sheet on telly is going to change the mind of a fella who has ploughed £1 billion into the club?”

    ………… The fact is it's the same as people who decide to boo games they didn't enjoy at the final whistle, those people who leave early when they're losing (even when they're winning, I've noticed), the people who believe it's their right to slag off the manager until he puts in the players they wish to see on the field, tactics and all be damned, and then turn around and pretend that he acted on their wishes, the sort who can win 5-2 one week and then tell their manager he doesn't know what he's doing the next.

    I'm glad I've remained steadfastly neutral throughout my entire life spent watching football, because to feel even remotely connected to this increasing malaise, brought about entirely by this misguided notion of what it means to support a specific team, makes my stomach churn.

    Its all about the trophies – in it……………………!

  8. thegoon December 6, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    John Gee and everyone else on the “Wenger should stay” tip, I cant beliieve there's people like you out there. I see the swarms of fans at the emirates and i wonder …….just how , how do they do it? honestly ive realized with folks liike you the club will never change. honestly in your right mind how can you excuse anything for 8years?????????8 blimin years, if you had a son born eight years ago, he's never seen your team lift ,,……not even a carling cup, i say this to your shame. by any standards its just wrong, morallly, ethically, business wise any other way you can think of because Wenger has come out and pretended we were actually ambitious. Honestly it took an 8-2 loss at traford to think about investing. Whats even shockingly unbelievable is we sold, ade,Toure,Cesc,RVP, Nasri, Gallas etc and what how much did the players we've brought in cost, santi, poldoski, giroud under 50million so you tell me where is the sense in that? You mean to tell me every match we have lost is because we didnt have depth? cause 90% the time we have lost because we have not had the motivational leadership, tactics, and direction the players need. So i dont care what you say what turn around happens the next few games, Wenger is way way way past his best and if you want to keep him make him director of football cause even steve boulds body language confirms that it is true he is not getting his staffs backing, he is trying to do things his way, rarely do you see him chatting with wenger and taking notes with him. THINGS ARE BAD REALLY BAD, AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO SAY WE ARE GOING THROUGH A BAD PAT CH? Fergie said there is no way I would have let it happen on my watch i.e going 7 years without a single trophy. So its about leadership. Right now and almost every other game Wenger just sits and lets his players do their own sould searching and thats extrememly pathetic leadership if you ask me. 2 seasons ago he was going on about he believes everyone is a leader on the pitch and look at where that has got him. He can but doesnt want to use common sense. He wont play theo upfront because if he does then he is showing his weakness. and a whole bunch of other things. i dont like him for his arrogance and pride. Right now the players have to lick their wounds and find their own resolve and thats plain stupid. He is their manager and he should know how to motivate. sagna is leaving cos its obvious the guy can get paid much more than whats on offer and at 29 he is right to want a pay rise cos he is nearing his end and he is justified in his play,. They want theo on 75,000 per week for five years, how insane is that????? i rest my case. we need people to not show up for two maches and watch what effect the boycott will have not ….

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