Arsene Wenger signed a new two year contract at Arsenal at the back end of last season, much to the annoyance of quite a lot of people. There were protests, aeroplane banners and regular chanting by some sections of Gunners fans to try and get the Frenchman out in any way possible. Many feel he has taken Arsenal as far as he can and that the club is now starting to go backwards on the pitch but Wenger is adamant he’s still the man for the job. Will he regret penning the deal?
First of all, you can’t take anything away from Arsene Wenger, he’s been one of the best managers ever to grace the English Premier League. He’s renowned for his stubbornness though and could it be this trait which starts to tarnish his reputation? There are a lot of fans, the numbers continue to grow even when Arsenal win, that want the Frenchman out. A 3-0 win over Bournemouth has failed to erase the memories of the embarrassing display at Anfield where there lost 4-0 in their previous game.
This could be a reason as to why Wenger will regret signing a new deal at the club. The #WengerOut brigade is literally waiting for the man to fail, and feel it will be better for the club if he does; so that they can finally get someone new in to lead their team and to breathe fresh life into things. It will get to the point where, unless Arsenal are winning and playing brilliantly consistently, that fans won’t be happy. Scrappy wins or draws won’t be accepted and this could make his position at the helm become untenable. It’s a long way back when you lose the fans and their trust.
Wenger will be under intense pressure this season to prove his doubters wrong and another thing that isn’t helping his cause is a selection of his playing staff. Alexis Sanchez made it known that he wishes to leave the club so Wenger can no longer rely on his star man to come up trumps. The Ox departed for Liverpool, citing that his career would progress better there under Jurgen Klopp and the likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla have all entered the final year of their contract, with no signs of new ones being agreed to.
By taking a look at the Odds according to Sportingbet no one is expecting the club to win the Premier League, and even a Top Four finish is relatively uncertain. The Gunners are currently ranked as the 6th club at 29/20 to finish in the Top Four and Everton in 7th spot priced at 12/1.
So all in all, things do look pretty bad for Wenger and Arsenal, no matter which view you take. Even if Wenger makes it to the end of the season, enjoying some modicum of success, there will still be people who believe that somebody else should take his place in charge of the North London club. If he manages to prove his doubters wrong then he does deserve a huge pat on the back but he could really end up regretting signing the contract extension, especially if things take a turn for the worst.