Finishing 7th or lower would be best for Arsenal. by Nothing Changed
I am a proponent of change. I don’t believe any manager can bring change after an extended period of time with the same club. SAF was the only one who managed this but he was the exception that proved the rule.
But this is not meant to be yet again an article or opinion promoting or criticizing Wenger.
I will try to keep it short. Whether Wenger is still in charge next season or a new manager is in charge, finishing outside of the European football places in the PL which I believe is 7th or lower would be best for either manager. Unless, of course, we win the EL this season and manage thus to qualify for the CL that way.
Don’t win the EL this season and any Arsenal manager next season would greatly benefit from having to only focus on the PL and FA cup but not on European football. In fact, I think the EL is harder to manage than the CL. Combining a PL campaign with Thursday night football is challenging no matter how easy the competition.
Full credit to Chelsea for taking advantage of not having to play European football last season but I do believe it helped their PL challenge significantly.
No European football gives a manager a chance to work with players for a full week on certain weaknesses or training plans, tactics etc. It also reduces wear and tear and all the byproducts such as player fatigue and injury.
So imagine Atletico eliminates us from the EL and ask yourself would Wenger or a new manager not be better of next season without having to juggle European football? A new manager, as Conte showed, could have a huge benefit from being able to have a full week to work on putting his stamp on the team during training sessions. Wenger as well would have a full week to try to implement whatever changes he saw fit. And when playing against teams we like to think of as our competition (Spurs, Liverpool, Man U, City, Chelsea) we would likely have a fresher team the further the season progresses.
So IMO no matter who is in charge next season, in absence of CL football, we would be best off without European football and thus we would be best off finishing behind Burnley.