Until it happens, calls for Arsene Wenger’s replacement may refuse to go down. It is even becoming louder by the day.
The Frenchman has been at the helms of affairs at Arsenal since 1996 and after a decade the story which the fans are used to . The tune of the music is no longer what they wish to dance to neither does the lyrics seem to provide any succour.
Despite all the odds against him, Wenger appears power intoxicated and a willing step down does not seem to be in his agenda at present while the club hierarchy has done little to show that they want him out.
After the initial success enjoyed at the club, Wenger has struggled or even failed to repeat the same, popping up the question if he truly possess the managerial quality to compete at the highest level or he was only being lucky because the Premier League had been less competitive.
Gone are the days of the same teams occupying the top four; Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United. In recent seasons Tottenham and Man City have boxed their way into that category with a surprise new entrant last season; Leicester City.
Wenger was one of the few foreign managers in England back in those days, and having spent 10 years managing in France that became the backbone of his success in the transfer market as he brought some of the finest players in the national team with him; Roberto Pires, Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry to mention but a few.
But the collapse of France on the international scene was a dirty slap for Wenger and his signings now are those of panic and failures with few successes. Likewise the arrival of other top coaches did little to conceal the errors in Wenger’s tactics which have now become a proven fact that he doesn’t have what it takes to compete at the highest level of modern football.
The initial successes recorded in his first decade at Arsenal has clouded the sense of reasoning of the management to see that Wenger is now at the background of modern football.
Stumbling on success at the right place and at the right time does not amount to greatness but luck and that is exactly the case with Wenger because his successes was not based on tactical adaptation or in-depth analysis of the game.
And to think Arsenal will not succeed without Wenger in charge will put the management and supporters at his mercy into the foreseeable future.