Surely Arsene Wenger must now be aware that the Arsenal fans have had enough of his attempts to revive his former glory, and last night the faithful voted with their feet and stayed away from the stadium in droves with hardly a full area anywhere in the stands.
If he still wants to leave the club with his dignity still intact, Jamie Carragher thinks that the Board should take notice and agree with Wenger for him to part company at the end of this season. “I think tonight was nothing about what was happening on the pitch,” said Carragher.
“I think last season there were scenes at this club and there was anger among supporters. There were marches against Arsene Wenger which I thought were a disgrace. I don’t like that.
“But I think tonight was worse.
“They (the fans) aren’t actually interested. They haven’t turned up. I’m not having a go at them for not coming, because I can understand.
“There were a few boos at the end but it wasn’t like it was last season. That was anger. Now it’s almost resignation. They’re just waiting for the manager to go.”
“How sad is that?”
“I find that sad. This man is a legend. When I was playing it was him and Alex Ferguson as the top two managers battling it out. And you thought ‘wow’.
“He is a legend, not just for Arsenal, but for the English game. But they have to change it now. It has to be done.
“There’s no way the end of this season should be about this man, for what he’s done. He shouldn’t be going through that, with the empty stadiums.
“Announce now that you’re going to change the manager for next season and I’m sure everyone in this stadium, in a TV studio, everywhere will go ‘come on, let’s give this man a send-off.
“It’s what he deserves.”
Even Wenger himself must recognise that he has taken the club as far as he can, and with the way we have regressed in the last two seasons is just too much to try and come back from. Le Prof always insists that he will ‘respect’ his contract, but if he stays beyond the summer he could tarnish his reputation for ever.
Decision time guys!