Arsene Wenger is the second longest reigning manager in the Premier League behind Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United. He is one of the most respected and valued managers of the game, but in recent years his untouchable position has been cast into doubt. I’m sure if things didn’t work out for him he could take the job as chief scout in Manchester after letting Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin Van Persie, Samir Nasri all head up north in recent years.
Wenger has won 11 trophies for Arsenal during his time as manager, which includes the famous invincibles team, who managed to win the league in style as they went a whole 38 game season without losing a single match. Wenger has prided himself on creating attractive attacking football, with young talented players, but has attempting to copy the Barcelona blueprint been his downfall, or has the clubs lack of ambition led them to spiral out of control.
After looking so promising winning multiple trophies, and narrowly losing in the clubs first ever Champions League final in 2006 to Barcelona themselves, things couldn’t have looked brighter. But with the club currently in a long 7 year slump without a trophy to show for, the strain has started to show with the fans and now their high profile players.
It’s hard enough to rebuild teams when players get too old or decide to move on to pastures new, but when all your best players depart due to lack of ambition in the club or contract issues, it’s clear to see that activity behind the scenes could be to blame as far as results on the pitch are concerned.
Cole, Clichy, Nasri, Fabregas, Van Persie, Song, Toure, but to name just a few are players which have departed to more ambitious and successful clubs.
During the 7 years in which Arsenal have failed to win any trophies, a total of 17 different ex Arsenal players have gone on to win in total 44 major trophies at other clubs in that time.
It seems as though Arsene Wenger is either too scared to spend the resources he has at his disposal, or just isn’t attracting the same big name superstars that would so easily flock to Highbury / The Emirates in years gone by. There is now no guarantee of winning major trophies or even playing Champions League football, as Newcastle, Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton are all more than capable of challenging alongside the traditional big 4.
Something needs to change in the north London club. With two consecutive 0-0 draws this season against Stoke and Sunderland, along with a difficult game against Liverpool up next, I can’t see things getting better any time soon. The longer Arsenal go without winning a trophy, the heavier that statistic will weigh on the club behind the scenes, manager Arsene Wenger and his players. Although he has proven himself to be one of the most successful managers in English football, it could be time for someone new to take the helm as things don't seem to be getting any better. It also remains to be seen whether Podolski and Giroud will come close to filling the massive void left by Robin Van Persie who scored 37 goals last season for The Gunners. Arsenal fans would hope so, especially as Theo Walcott's future has been cast into doubt after turning down a contract extention.