A London cabbie picked me up one day last week and, inevitably, the conversation turned to football. He was an Arsenal fan, he told me, so I asked him: “Are you In or Out?”
“I’m Out,” he said. “But I struggle to admit it. And I just can’t bring myself to write it on social media because he’ll always be the man who gave us the Invincibles.”
That, in a nutshell, is the story at the Emirates – history is the only thing keeping Arsene Wenger in a job.
It’s because he was the man who brought in Thierry Henry and Co – not because he can win another title.
I don’t think he would win a title in France or Spain these days, either.
He might win the odd cup, but, come on, this is Arsenal, the team which set the template in the early 2000s, but have back-pedalled double-quick.
Wenger is no longer the manager he was and it’s sad to see because he’s not winning anything.
In fact, it’s almost like the slow death of a beloved uncle.
Many of the Gooners I speak to are starting to realise – if they haven’t already – that they’re not going to win anything major again with him.
And most of them are of the opinion: “Thanks, but can you go upstairs and get on the board now please?”
They look at Pep Guardiola and see the manager for today and tomorrow, at Jose Mourinho and see the manager for today and, perhaps, yesterday.
And then they look at Wenger and see the man for last year... maybe even further back. His players must see it, too, and if you were one of the top stars at the club, why would you want to stay while he’s in charge?
Arsene Wenger has come under fire for what is termed as the downfall of the club, which has seen them fail to play in the Uefa Champions League in the current season. Another blow that dims hopes and piles more miseries on Wenger’s tenure is the premature exit of the FA Cup which the Frenchman has always resorted to as the only image redeemer in the past three seasons.
Departures of players such as Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and many others were considered Wenger’s fault. Critics have maintained that such players left not only because of being deprived better details but also as a result of club’s refusal to bring in big names.
Arsene’s fate at the club has reduced him to laughing stock as his nemesis Jose Mourinho has always made it a tradition to mock him for failing to deliver premier leag