Arsene Wenger Can Turn This Around & Win The Premier League Next Season!

It has been a poor run for Arsenal – only one win in five in the Premier League, as well as demoralising defeating in the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich.

As it stands this afternoon, we are 5 points behind 4th spot, but have a game in hand.

So where do we go from here?

The number of Arsenal fans that want Arsene Wenger out seems to be increasing by the day. But as I’ve said a million times, getting rid of Arsene Wenger is not the answer:

 

 

The problem is with the Arsenal board.

Do people have short memories? Have people forgotten what’s happened up North at a place called Old Trafford?

Sir Alex Ferguson departed Manchester and look what happened? They struggled badly under David Moyes, had limited success under Louis Van Gaal and under Jose Mourinho? Well apparently they’ve been on this amazing unbeaten run but where are they? Oh yeah that’s right, they’re still below Arsenal – and in 7th place no less.

Do Arsenal fans really think getting rid of Arsene Wenger is the answer?

Any other manager coming in would do worse than Arsene, that’s guaranteed. If you want to win the Premier League then you’re best bet is with Wenger at the helm.

He is not a stupid man and is his own worst critic. He doesn’t need fans to stage disgraceful protest and be given vitriol during matches. He knows the problems the club has and will address them this summer, no doubt.

It’s clear some players have let him down and whereas in the past he might have had to put up with this crap from the players, now he’s in a position where he can get rid of the dead wood.

Arsenal have the money to compete and Arsene knows where to strengthen the team. It’s clear from his interviews and overall demeanour this season he’s had enough of the shit he gets from fans but also the mistakes certain players keep making. He knows his time is almost up so that’s why next season, he will go all out to make sure it is a successful one.

Next season he has everything to lose so you can be sure Arsenal will win the Premier League next season. He is well aware that Arsenal haven’t won the league since 2004 and his last act is to leave on a high – and that will be to win the Premier League before announcing his departure.

In the past he has been restricted but next season will be our time – the handcuffs are off and next season, Arsene Wenger will mean business.

 

 

Who Should Be Arsenal’s Next Manager? Vote Here!

Every Arsenal supporter has his opinion on whether they want Arsene Wenger to stay or leave. The number of people, especially online anyway, who want Wenger out seems to be increasing by the day. But what proportion of Arsenal fans is that? There’s no way of knowing but it would be interesting – after all it’s usually the disgruntled people that shout the loudest so it could be the majority of Arsenal fans want Arsene to stay on.

For what it’s worth, I think Arsene Wenger will be here next season – but I also think that will be his last. He has unfinished business at the club and you don’t dedicate over 20 years of your life to something just to pack it all in because a few fans are upset. You might think that is a bit facetious but it’s true!

Arsene is an intelligent man and he knows the number of fans who aren’t happy is increasing, albeit it in proportionally  small numbers. That’s why he’ll give himself one more season and then call it a day.

Anyway, the point I’ve been trying to make – and not very well – is that Arsene’s future is coming to an end. So the big question is who should be the next Arsenal manager after Arsene Wenger finally calls it a day?

I’ve looked online, checked out a couple of betting websites and come up with a list of 16 realistic candidates which are below. So the question is do you want someone who will tear it up like Simeone, someone with vast experience such as Ancelotti, or perhaps a manager with excellent European football pedigree in Benitez?

If it were up to me? You will laugh but I think I would go for someone like Rafa Benitez. He is an excellent tactician, has an excellent record in Europe and the players in the main respect him. We have a Spanish contingent in the team which would help and he’s managed at some of the biggest clubs in Europe. For me as well, he knows how to coach defence and with our attacking threat, adding defensive stability would only be a positive thing.

Anyway, cast your vote below for who you think should be the next Arsenal manager!

People Power Will Force the End of Wenger’s Gunners Reign

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“Arsène Wenger” by Ronnie Macdonald (CC BY-2.0)

As disgruntled Gunners fans prepare to fly a banner at the next away game calling for the sacking of Arsene Wenger, the 67-year-old has admitted that people power will play a part in his future.

“Fans will have an influence,” he admitted in a recent news conference. “You consider everything. It will not be the most important factor but you consider it, of course. I’ve worked very hard for 20 years to make the fans happy and when you lose I understand they are not.”

Make no mistake about it, with the rising groundswell of opposition to the long-time boss being offered a new contract this summer, Wenger’s days are numbered at the Emirates. While the Frenchman has largely enjoyed the support of the majority of Gunners fans over his 20-year tenure due to success on the pitch, their patience is now wearing thin.

There is arguably nothing more influential in football than popular opinion. Take, for example, the capping of away match tickets at £30 by all Premier League sides at the start of the season. The move came following the concerted and continued efforts of supporters’ groups, who had long protested that they were being unfairly hit in the pocket by clubs. According to a recent study by money-saving website Voucherbox, which takes into account both ticket and travel costs, Gunners fans would actually save around £183 a year by attending each of the club’s 19 away games rather than going to home matches.

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“Arsenal FA Cup Parade 2015″ by joshjdss (CC BY-2.0)

Similarly, Cardiff City is also an eminent example of people power in action. When businessman Vincent Tan took over the Bluebirds in 2012, he extraordinarily ended over 100 years of tradition by changing the club’s trademark colours from blue to red. Understandably, Cardiff’s fan base were unimpressed with the abrupt switch-up, which Tan incredulously justified by describing red as a “lucky” colour. Following three years of widespread fan protests in the Welsh capital, the Malaysian investor performed an even more extraordinary U-turn by reverting the club’s home colours to blue two years ago.

With Arsenal currently lying fifth in the table, missing out on Champions League action next season seems a genuine possibility – with the FA Cup remaining the solitary, but admittedly slim, chance for silverware. For a lot of fans, this is no longer good enough; Arsenal have struggled to keep up with their Premier League rivals over the past several years, and title contention has barely seemed likely.

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“Arsenal Members’ Day 2015″ by joshjdss (CC BY-2.0)

If fans can drive down ticket prices and force about a change in the very identity of their club, regime change is surely not out of the question, either. Indeed, Wenger should be concerned by a recent statement from Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick, who despite claiming that “any decisions [on Wenger’s future] will be made mutually”, refused to give the Frenchman the board’s full backing in the form of an extension to his current contract, due to expire in the summer.

Do you have any thoughts on Wenger’s future at the Emirates? Let us know in the comments section below.

Can Arsenal Get Into The Top Four? Do You Want Them To?

After the much needed win against Lincoln City, Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and then play Manchester City at home.

We are currently in 5th place, 5 points behind Liverpool in 4th spot but have 2 games in hand on the Merseysiders.

Can Arsenal get into the Top Four? And more importantly do you want Arsenal to get into the Top Four?

What are the odds for Arsenal to make it into the Top Four for the 22nd consecutive season? It might be worth checking the odds at William Hill to see what odds they’re giving Arsenal to do what Arsene Wenger does every single year. It would be worth checking the odds at William Hill - at least you’d win some money on the predictable!

The Arsenal fans are getting bored now and it’s all well and good getting Champions League football but Arsenal fans want more. They’ve been more than patient over the last 13 barren years but seen the same old mistakes happen time and time again – we’re “competing” until about February and then it’s quite apparent that the Arsenal team are full of precious, pampered divas who can’t take the fight.

As things stand Arsenal look well poised to finish 4th again but do Arsenal fans want that? It’s clear that a lot of Arsenal supporters would like Arsenal to finish 5th just so that there’s a change in management. But even then it seems that with Silent Stan and Ivan Gazidis on the board, Arsene could probably finish 10th in the league and he would still be offered a contract extension.

So what’s the solution? Boycott the games? Protest at the ground?

I’m not sure what the solution is, but one thing is certain – things have to change amongst the Arsenal hierarchy this summer.

Arsenal Facing Uncertain Future

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Alexis Sánchez“ (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

Arsenal are staring down the barrel of a dangerous future, with the potential departures of manager Arsene Wenger and key players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Wenger is the longest-serving boss in the Premier League, accruing 20 years to his tenure in the Gunners’ dugout, but he has yet to confirm that he will be staying with the club for next season. However, many of the club’ supporters would not mind seeing the back of the Frenchman due to Arsenal’s stagnation over the past decade.

The fate of Sanchez and Ozil is also in limbo given that their contracts are about to expire and no new deals appear to be in sight. The Gunners’ predicament appeared to take a turn for the worse when reports suggested that the Chilean forward had become disillusioned with life at the Emirates Stadium, leading to disagreements with his teammates and Wenger after being left out of the starting line-up in the club’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

A handshake between Sanchez and the Frenchman signalled that the issue may have been overblown, although that will not ease the fears of supporters over the direction the Gunners are heading in the Premier League and the potential loss of two of their star players.

It has never been more important for Arsenal to finish in the top four of the top flight this term, with the club being backed in the latest football betting odds at 11/8 to claim a Champions League place.

A failure to finish in fourth place or above would be the first time the club have failed to accomplish the feat in Wenger’s tenure, highlighting a decline in their fortunes since their defeat in the final of Europe’s elite competition in 2006.

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Arsène Wenger looks on“ (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

Should Wenger, Sanchez and Ozil all depart this summer, it would leave a huge void in the spine of the side and the foundation of the club itself. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has been touted to replace the Frenchman, although whether he could be convinced to leave the Bianconeri in the midst in the most successful runs in the team’s history would be another matter.

Allegri also inherited situations at Juve and before during his tenure with AC Milan with sides in positions of strength. I Bianconeri had previously won the league three seasons on the bounce under Antonio Conte before his arrival, while Milan boasted a strong squad featuring Alessandro Nesta, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their Serie A triumph in the 2010-11 season.

As Pep Guardiola has proved at Manchester City, there’s no guarantee of immediate success in the Premier League.

Marco Reus, Isco and James Rodriguez have been suggested as potential replacements for Sanchez and Ozil. However, the German has had huge issues with his fitness, while both Isco and Rodriguez have failed to make the grade at Real Madrid – something which plagued Ozil during his time at the Bernabeu.

If these players fail to offer an improvement on the duo, especially Sanchez who has been indispensable to the Gunners with his 17 goals and nine assists in the Premier League, Arsenal could take a further step back.

This could be the biggest summer in the history of the club should they lose arguably their three most important assets. And although replacing Wenger may seem a good idea at the moment, there’s no outstanding candidate out there to take his place in the dugout.