It is being reported today that Arsenal will open talks with Arsene Wenger over a new contract weeks after the talks were first rumoured to be happening. The manager has been under more pressure in the last three or four seasons more than he ever has before at the club. Some fans have even called for his head several times in this uneasy period of time which, to me, is very surprising.
The club were on such a roll when Wenger first arrived. Premier League titles, Cup titles season after season and a Champions League final in 2006 but since then the club seems to have been on a downhill slide.
Because players like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Jens Lehman were never ever replaced properly. You could argue that players like Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were the replacements but they all left the club and they were the only decent players in the squad – whereas when the legends above were in the squad, there was two or three players behind them in the pecking order who were still top quality players and could give give them decent backup.
Since those players left, the golden generation has been replaced by cheap, young players who are Europa League quality, not Champions League final quality.
None of this is Wenger’s fault though, in my opinion. We know that Stan Kroenke likes to run Arsenal without having to invest, along with most of the other board members, and they give Wenger a budget every season that is probably three to five times less than the clubs around Arsenal.
Yet with no real budget to buy big players, he has kept the club in the Champions League every season since he arrived at the club. The club may not be challenging for trophies and that needs to change. Arsene Wenger deserves a new contract as without him I believe the club would have been playing in the Europa League for the last three seasons.
Give the man a new contract and money to spend so we can forget about these last few years of failure and get back to the top of world football.
That is my opinion, but do you think we should wait until we see how the next season panns out before beginining talks?