Arsene Wenger insists he’s still the right man for the Arsenal job, which is fine and all… but maybe he should consider asking himself these questions before insisting that he’ll honour the remaining season of his contract.
1Is he helping Arsenal by staying?
Wenger always said that if he felt he was no longer helping Arsenal, he would leave. From the outside, it’s easy to label the idea that the Frenchman could bounce back from the team’s current crisis as crazy or delusional, but Wenger is a man who does just that.
Year after year, the 68-year-old has dragged Arsenal from the depths of mediocrity and forced them to somehow finish in the top four.
Until last season. Last season was a turning point. Although there are has been a sector of Arsenal fans who have wanted Wenger gone for almost a decade, the majority then began to join them.
While there are very few fans who hate or even dislike the boss, frustration is growing because he seems to believe he can help when he no longer can.
“Am I still the right man? Yes, because I’ve done it before,” Wenger said after Arsenal lost 2-1 to Brighton. “I believe a quality of a manager is to try to shorten a crisis. I believe I can do that.”
In 2017/18, more Arsenal fans want Wenger to stand down than ever and that’s because we’ve all come to the same conclusion: it’s not the lack of financial clout and therefore players or squad depth that’s hindering us. Arsenal have broken their transfer record twice over the last year – money is no longer an excuse. It’s Wenger. He’s the common denominator, the man who can’t motivate his own players and the one standing at the heart of almost every decision the club makes.
I understand though, from his point of view, why it might be hard to see that he’s no longer able to help this struggling, anxious side. For 22 years, he’s managed to. But he needs to ask himself whether he is helping any more… or the opposite?