‘You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.’

Arsene Wenger is one of the best managers the Premier League has ever seen. Arsenal’s longest-serving manager, a legend, but a man who is now unnecessarily tarnishing his legacy.

As I grew up, Arsenal were top dogs. Alongside Manchester United they were the biggest club in the country.  They were the team that played the best, most attractive football, and they were a team that made cup finals regularly.

Arsenal have won three Premier League titles under Wenger, coming in 97/98, 01/02 and 03/04. They haven’t been close since, and Wenger has been papering over the cracks with top four finishes and the odd FA Cup here and there.

The Gunners reached the Champions League final in 2006, and although they were beaten by a world-class Barcelona side, they were still able to compete with Europe’s elite.

Now, they’re getting beat by minnows like Swedish-side Ostersunds in the Europa League, a competition that all of the top clubs in England should win without much of an issue.

It genuinely saddens me to see Arsene tarnish his legacy, just because he is simply too stubborn to walk away and allow a fresh face take over the reigns.

In the last week there has been Carabao Cup final embarrassment at the hands of Manchester City, and a lacklustre 2-1 defeat on the road at Brighton. The players aren’t playing for Wenger and it’s clear to see that the board need to step in.

After a 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal, Wenger deserves the upmost respect and a send off that a legend deserves. However the longer he remains in charge the more he will damage his relationship with the fans. 

He should agree to walk away and stay on good terms with a fan-base he has shared so many good memories with, before it’s too late.

 

Written by Luke Beaumont (@_LukeBeaumont)

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