As a huge number of fans are turning on our current manager Arsene Wenger, there is the need to bring light to some of the realities that exist with football and our club in general.
I bring Liverpool to you as the prime example of a club who have gone a long time without the Premier League title (26 years in fact), but are still considered a so called ‘big club’ with a huge fan base.
Our league rivals appear to be on the upturn having brought in the German maestro Jurgen Klopp as manager, but the reality is that they have changed charge 10 times since last winning the league in 1990, and have been in and out of the top four ever since.
It is easy to claim that Arsenal ‘used to win things before Wenger and will after’ but the reality is that football has changed hugely since he was brought in. Despite a huge shift in transfer fees, player power and the general state of the game, our manager has stayed consistent and kept us in the top four of the league every year since joining.
People can claim that Chelsea have at least won trophies, but their youth academy has suffered because the lack of consistency in the backroom has made it extremely difficult to promote the youths into the first-team.
You only need to look at Manchester United to see that a big club can falter quickly following the exit of a long-term boss, and they have spent millions in trying to rectify that. Do you really believe a new manager would be given the funds to fix any initial errors the way they have?
What we all want is a club who wins things as often as possible, promotes young stars into the first-team like Iwobi and Bellerin, guarantees Champions League football, and brings in a big player every summer, but none of the top clubs can boast a full sweep of those things.
Wanting Wenger gone is simple minded, he is doing the best he can with what he has, and nothing bar a new chairman who is willing to plough millions and millions into the club is going to change that. I still believe Wenger has what it takes to guide us to glory in the league, maybe with a little luck on the injury front.
Do we really want 26 years of hurt like Liverpool? Or to be that club with no policy on youth progression and no continuity?