Decision on Wenger future must be made now

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The next few weeks of the season are going to be vital for the Gunners: FA Cup glory and a top four finish may beckon, but so too could crashing out of football’s oldest tournament and missing out on the Champions League next season. It’s a critical period for the club but it’s important that Arsene Wenger tells people just what his future plans are.

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After another disappointing defeat at West Brom last Saturday, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger announced he’d decided on his future plans – but that he’s not ready to publicly share them yet. Keeping such a monumental decision secret for the time being just isn’t good enough and surely Wenger must know that.

You can’t move in the press for articles discussing the future of Arsene Wenger. It’s here, there, and everywhere, and totally overshadows what is happening to the Gunners on the pitch. Uncertainty over the future of Arsene Wenger is reaching boiling point; it’s just ridiculous that such an experienced manager cannot see that whether he’s going to stay or go has to be revealed before his team step foot on a pitch again.

That West Brom defeat left Arsenal five points adrift of the promised land they call the top four. Yes, there are a couple of games in hand on other sides but if you’re losing matches, games in hand don’t mean a great deal, do they? Already, the Gunners are out of contention this season and the Champions League betting has their conquerors Bayern Munich at 3/1 to go on and win the competition.

The international break has come at a perfect time for the club: there’s no Premier League game to worry about this week as players head off to their countries for friendlies and World Cup qualifiers. Now is the time for the Frenchman to finally reveal his future intentions – not delay the announcement even further. Every day he does the latter, there will be more articles linking Wenger with returning to France to manage PSG.

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It’s such a difficult situation that the club finds itself in at present. It was bad enough when Leicester City dumped Claudio Ranieri just months after they won the Premier League. To do the same to Wenger would be a sad end to a fantastic time at the Emirates. But how many other clubs would have retained the services of their manager after so many failed attempts to reach the last eight of the Champions League, or win the Premier League? It’s not even so much that the club have failed to win the title, but that they haven’t even been able to be in contention for it.

Missing out on the Champions League next season would certainly be a shocker for Arsenal. It’d give their accountants a few sleepless nights for sure. Uncertainty isn’t going to help the team morale at all in the final weeks of another unsatisfactory season; even players such as striker Olivier Giroud have gone public saying Wenger should keep his job.

It’s time to end all that, and if it means knowing that Wenger is going to either be leaving at the end of the season or attempting another re-building process, then surely that is better than living with this uncertainty hanging over the club.