Whatever his football ideology, tactics or strategies, Arsene Wenger has obviously lost the grip and prowess of managing a team and all these aforementioned don’t seem to be working for him at the moment.
Arguably, one of the best coaches of the modern football, the French boss has lost the magical touch with which he turned the fortune of Arsenal around during the first decade of his tenure.
Since winning the Premier League with the invincible in 2004, the second half of his over 20 years reign at the club has been shrouded in difficulties, including a nine-year trophy drought before winning the FA Cup consecutively in 2013 and 2014.
The embarrassing 5-1 lose away at Bayern Munich in the Champions League was more than an eye opener that the club is experiencing a downward turn and a change is needed while the 3-1 loss to Liverpool has heightened the need for such, especially with Wenger’s decision to drop Alexis Sanchez for the crucial match which backfired as the Gunners trailed the Reds 2-0 at half time.
The Chilean forward was introduced at half time but they eventually lost and slipped to fifth position on the league table. Another 5-1 (10-2 aggregate) defeat at home to Bayern Munich – which was their third defeat within a year by the same score line against the German club and the highest defeat for an English club- saw the Gunners been eliminated at the last 16 stage for the seventh consecutive season.
Wenger cut a frustrating figure during the match as he could not stop his side from being subjected to a humiliating defeat, especially as this latest exit could mark Wenger’s last Champions League with their qualification for the competition next season is not certain and the French boss may leave at the end of the season.
Whatever excuse or reason Wenger has been given to the club hierarchy, it is time to look beyond that and implement the much needed change that will make Arsenal competitive again.