There was masses of discussion, protests and meetings at the end of last season about whether Arsene Wenger’s time as Arsenal manager should have been extended or not, and even Le Prof himself admitted that the delay in the announcement may have caused problems for the team’s performances in the last campaign.
But that delay also caused many other problems, with contract talks being delayed for many players, including Ozil and Sanchez, due to the uncertainty of which manager they would be playing under. So would things have improved this season if Wenger HAD left, and a new boss brought in to shake up the side and deal with the contract rebels? Perhaps it would have meant that Ozil and Sanchez would have been sold and the funds reinvested in new players?
One person who does think Wenger should have left after winning the FA Cup is the Gunners legend Lee Dixon, who said the other day: “You nick a cup but don’t challenge for the big honours if the balance is wrong. I honestly think after the FA Cup, after that amazing performance against Chelsea, it was time for him to go: ‘you know what, I am going to step back from it.’
“I am a big fan of his. I played for six years under him. I like the man as a human being and what he did when I was there was brilliant for me.
“He had a structure and he brought all that flair on top of what we did as a defence. But the mentality has changed. It has flicked into a more attack-minded, less defensive-minded team, and the balance is all wrong.”
The balance is definitely wrong when you consider the ages of our defenders and the amount of goals Arsenal have conceded this season.
What else could have a new manager have done that would have put us in a better position this season?