There have been calls for Arsene Wenger to leave his post as Arsenal manager for quite a while now and while there are times where Arsenal do manage to pull off a great result or two in order to silence a few critics.
However, their loss in the Carabao Cup final will once again see those wanting Wenger out become louder than ever. Arsenal aren’t the side they once were but is time really up for the Frenchman.
The key to success every season for Arsenal over recent times has been their ability to consistently qualify to play Champions League football. Finishing in the Top 4 was their bread and butter and while Arsenal rarely mounted a proper challenge for the Premier League title, they always made sure that they were playing in Europe’s top club competition.
You look at the situation now and after failing to qualify last season they have quickly become a side battling for 6th place rather than 4th and they’re no longer in that pack of teams that are seen as realistic title challengers either. Arsenal are sliding backwards quickly, the likes of Alexis Sanchez have departed and even after spending big on the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang they are still struggling to find any consistency in form.
While Arsenal have started loosening the purse strings slightly, you could say their reluctance to spend amounts closer to that of the Manchester clubs is holding them back. The reality is, maybe they do need a change of direction and someone new to come in to drive them forward once again. There’s no denying that Wenger is a great manager and has proven so over the last couple of decades but maybe a new man could breathe fresh life into a club that has seemingly lost its way.
The majority of people, including Arsenal fans, felt that City would win comfortably in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley and they did just that. Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva put the Gunners to the sword as City ran out 3-0 winners but the gulf in class between the two sides was telling throughout. Arsneal are no longer a force to be reckoned with on the pitch and you can’t see things improving anytime soon either.
Arsenal have started to rebuild the infrastructure of the club in preparation for Wenger’s impending departure and there has already been talk that the Frenchman could leave before his current deal with the club expires. If that does happen, it’s vital that the club’s hierarchy get the right man in place who can take the club forward and have the same sort of impact Wenger had when he first arrived.
Former striker Thierry Henry has already seemingly thrown his hat into the ring by declaring he would be interested in replacing his former manager at the helm. Henry is currently working for the Belgium national side but has said that he would be interested in taking over sometime in the future.