There will still be a lot of Arsenal fans calling for an end to the reign of our long serving manager, although those voices will be a lot less loud if the Gunners do manage a stirring, but let’s face it highly improbable, comeback in the race for the Premier League.
At the same time I can see support for the Frenchman growing in the football world, both inside and outside the Arsenal family. We have had players like Mesut Ozil publicly stating their support for the manager and I have heard other managers and football pundits talking up his experience, ability and achievements.
And just this week we have two dire warnings about what could happen to Arsenal if the board was to pull the trigger, with the problems of Manchester United post Ferguson held up like some sort of bogeyman to frighten the Arsenal fans. A report in The Mirror shows former Arsenal and England keeper David Seaman still has unwavering belief in his former boss.
He said, “I’m so fed up of all this negative stuff about Arsenal. A change at the top? Not for me. I’m a massive fan of Arsene.
“Let’s see what happens at the end of this season. Let’s see what’s gone wrong and then sort it out.
“But, for me, he’s been brilliant. I worked with him for about seven or eight years and he was fantastic. I would stick by Arsene. I’ve always said that and I haven’t reason to change my mind.”
And another former Gunner Luis Boa Morte was reported in the Daily Mail warning us that Arsenal would be in a much worse position than we are without Wenger at the helm.
He said, ‘I believe in the boss. For sure he is going to be there next season.
‘Arsene Wenger created the philosophy we have at Arsenal. People can talk and protest but I don’t remember any other manager being an Invincible.
‘Be careful what you wish for. Look at Manchester United after Ferguson left, who has been successful? Nobody. It is the same thing.
‘We can see United’s results and where they are in the table. Things didn’t work out, not because David Moyes and Louis van Gaal are bad managers but Ferguson created a pattern, a way to play. They couldn’t make the team work the same way.
‘Something happened for sure because they stopped winning and now they are struggling to finish in the top four.’
In fact you could go further and say our problems would be even bigger because whoever comes in for the prof will not be able to spend something like £150 million in every transfer window to fix any problems. You could also say that Wenger is even more of a Mr. Arsenal than Fergie was a Mr. United.
Do you agree that the transition from Wenger to the next boss is fraught with danger and must be handled with great care?