The reign of Arsene Wenger inevitably divides opinion.

His dictatorship and the autonomy he holds over the club is often condemned but…


1. Should those who work alongside him or under his rule also share the blame?

The Arsenal backroom staff is like a local pub – occasionally you might get a few young’uns, one or two women, possibly even a family but it’s the elder residents who remain faithful and present without ever seemingly offering much to the atmosphere.

Whilst there is something to be said for loyalty and dependability, I’m sure there are a number of publicans who would gladly exchange their everyday 3 or 4 pinter for the occasional jaeger-fuelled, rowdy young group.

There are undoubtedly some very astute staff at Arsenal. However, there has often been a suggestion that the backroom has grown stale and insipid. The ins and outs of the club are often kept private but with more and more former players and previous staff airing their opinions on the running of the club, it’s clear that there is room for improvement and, possibly, a need for change.

The running of the club falls on the shoulders of Arsene Wenger.

The chief, the big kahuna, the head honcho – he is responsible for everything that goes on in the club. From scouting to training to the recruitment of players – he has a hand in it all.

Some would argue that his responsibilities are too far-reaching and that no one man can adequately fill the role in which he attempts to meet. On-going rumours about a change in structure with a possible Director of Operations (basically a limited Director of Football) continue to pester the boss.

However, looking at his performance this year in particular, there could be an argument made for someone relieving him of some of his responsibilities.

…Next, tactically speaking…