The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have long been divided over the future of Arsene Wenger, but after watching their club capitulate in recent weeks the vast majority now share the opinion that the long-serving Frenchman should leave following the conclusion of the current campaign.
Arsene Wenger’s loyalty and commitment to Arsenal Football Club is a commendable rarity in the modern game that no other manager bar Sir Alex Ferguson has demonstrated in recent times. He deserves enormous credit for everything he has achieved, but the time is right for him to depart for a new challenge in the summer.
Arsenal have simply crumbled in recent weeks in a manner which suggests Wenger’s expertise may no longer be applicable in the modern era. Just like players, managers enjoy different levels of success depending on their age, and it appears that Wenger is well past his peak, at least in the Premier League.
Unless Arsenal can emulate Manchester United’s achievements from last season and win the Europa League this year, it appears that the club will fail to qualify for the Champions League for the second season running – a fact which would surely seal Wenger’s fate at The Emirates Stadium.
With that being said, it’s time that The Gunners faithful began turning their attention towards managers who have the potential to instigate a significant improvement which will enable them to challenge for the top-four once again next season. According to ESPN, the club have already identified their ideal replacement for Wenger, namely Joachim Low.
Although he may take a huge amount of persuading to depart his post as manager of the German national side, Arsenal should do everything they can to bring Low to the club next summer.
Low is currently preparing to take Germany to the World Cup in Russia and will certainly refuse to even entertain the prospect of considering a move to Arsenal until after the championships are over, but once they have concluded he could be tempted into a new career challenge. The 58-year-old has been in charge of Germany since 2006, and he achieved the greatest achievement a manager could wish for by leading his side to World Cup victory in 2014.
However, he is yet to embark on a club challenge with a side who most would consider to be a household name in European football, so the prospect of transforming Arsenal’s fortunes could tempt the German into a completely new area of management. Low has a World Cup to retain first of all, so Arsenal will have to be patient if they wish to appoint one of the best managers in football, but if they are willing to wait until the tournament reaches its conclusion then they will surely reap the rewards in the seasons to come.