Arsenal are currently experiencing their worst season under Arsene Wenger and, after the Gunners’ Europa League display against Östersunds FK, it’s hard to believe that there are Gooners out there who actually want the Frenchman to remain in charge… but there are.
Even the staunchest of Wenger supporters have now reluctantly admitted that there does need to be a change at Arsenal.
It goes without saying that the majority of fans want to see him leave while still respecting everything the manager has done.
However, when we put it to you guys on Twitter, there were a small amount of replies that explained the thinking behind those who do want the 68-year-old to stay in north London.
One fan, who will remain anonymous since they messaged us privately on Twitter, pointed out that three FA Cups in four years is good going and, if Wenger can win the League Cup and Europa League this season, as well as tie Mesut Ozil down to a new deal and sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it could actually be considered successful.
“I’m not deluded,” they write. “I know that looks a big IF at the moment. But I want to give Wenger the chance to prove people wrong.”
Another Daily Cannon follower sent in a similar response and added:
“It’s prioritising competitions, as it’s the only way we can deal with the financial strength and depth of the other big teams.”
One fan believes Arsenal fans are too harsh on the boss and the players need to be criticised as well. Although they realise that something does have to give.
“I’d rather he left on his own terms.”
Not everyone feels this way… obviously.
Wenger is a legend but anyone who thinks he’s good enough today are wrong, we’ve been declining since 2010 only 1 thing is ever present in those years and it’s Wenger. 8-2, 10-2, 6-0 (1000 game) and this season and last have been his 2 worst ever.
— Sean Padger Sheehan (@seanpadger) February 23, 2018
The truth is Wenger can’t take this club any further
— Ifiemi Boye (@Gunners4naija) February 23, 2018
Wenger out won’t solve anything. There is NO manager that can get the desired results because the board/owners NEED to be on board with actually wanting that to happen. As long as the owners/board remain at Arsenal, speaking about Wenger is misdirected anger IMO
— Acinonyx Jubatus (@PagalSardar) February 23, 2018
The options available make a difference. Do I want change? Yes. Do I want ancelotti, allegri, etc.? No.
— Ya-sure (@ygharajeh) February 23, 2018
2 things. 1. I really really wish him success with the club. He is still a legend (albeit a broken legend at this point) in my book.
2. I have no faith in that Kroenke would appoint something good and run this club (this has changed with mislintat and barca bloke appointments)
— Tobias (@AFCourse) February 23, 2018
I want him to stay, but just till the end of his contract (i.e. 1 more season). The man breathes Arsenal, he loves the club and is still a major pull for top signings. And most importantly, we owe him this much for what all he has done for this club.
— Mandeep Singh (@kicstrumandlive) February 23, 2018
Wenger has the ability to attract great players to the club. Was one of the reasons that Aubameyang, Ozil, Sanchez joined etc… I’m also worried at who we’d appoint to replace him. Even though he may not everyone on his side now, he’ll still leave huge boots to fill.
— Dan (@MrInfernusHD) February 23, 2018
He’s the reason I started following the club.
Been a sports fanatic my whole life- success comes and goes. I appreciate a classy leader, he’s the epitome of it.
Arsenal simply aren’t at the level of the big 5 clubs. Short of pep or maybe tuchel, no manager gets us there.
— one arsene wenger (@oawgunner) February 23, 2018
I just have this faith in him and he still has the edge to attract best players all around. With good signings I’m sure he can still give us the magic again! My opinion anyway 👍😁
— Abayomi Ayotunde (@bankcolye) February 23, 2018
I am not pro or anti Wenger, I just want what is best for our club. Unfortunately, I can’t see Wenger being the right person to run the team any more. Tired, lack of enthusiasm, no ideas, too many under quality players, no style of play, no structure on the pitch.
— Märtin Bënnëtt (@MRB76uk) February 23, 2018
Im 50/50 in it. The difficult thing is a big part of the club is build around Arsene’s ideas. Would a new coach fit right in?
— Vincent (@vincwie) February 23, 2018
20 years- he’s what makes us unique and interesting.
Also, after 20 years of service he deserves to go out on his own terms, with dignity.
The players haven’t been good enough- that’s been the case for a while.
You don’t fire managers when they finish top 4/win trophies.
— one arsene wenger (@oawgunner) February 23, 2018
Do I want Wenger to go? No. Do I think it’s time for him to leave gracefully? Yes.
He can’t compete tactically and whatever advantage he has brought to Arsenal has long since been overtaken by other teams.
— Rambling Mind (@RamblingMind) February 23, 2018
I no longer trust our defence. Midfield can barely hold possession. And how many times we drew or getting a win scored by our defenders? Its a team built by him for years. To say transfer policy to be blamed is an insult to other teams with smaller transfer budget but performed.
— Azzrizal Zolhaili (@mrazz) February 23, 2018
A football club is in the business of results and progress, everything else is secondary. Managers and players have a expiry date, and we have reached it. He was a great manager, and brought success. But times change. We are nowhere near the league or Europe.
— paul geddes (@pdg1974) February 23, 2018
Fear is the only reason to not want a new manager. No one can argue to compete at top level again we need a change from a football perspective. We won’t win the Europa. He will go this year or next. Sufficient change already at club to be sure he won’t get a new contract.
— Tobias Morris (@tobiaslmorris) February 23, 2018