Is Arsene Wenger Off To Sunnier Spain?

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 108 months ago
Is Arsene Wenger Off To Sunnier Spain?

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"You feel like a criminal", is how Arsene Wenger described the treatment meted out to his team by impatient Arsenal fans. During a testy Q&A last week, Wenger criticised the Emirates crowd for their negativity, and urged a "sense of perspective" when considering his side's achievements. Having dutifully watched fourth-placed Arsenal's reluctant role as midwives to yet another United title victory on Saturday, is the Frenchman about to jump ship? Rumours are buzzing after Wenger offered a cagey response to a question about renewed interest from Real Madrid for his services. Though no official approach has been made (not that Real are in the habit of following the rulebook), Wenger's displeasure is a cause for concern. While arriviste Arsenal followers may trot out the usual "sack the gaffer" cliches in post-match pub rants, the north Londoners, and English football as a whole, would be much the worse without him.

Last Updated 18 May 2009

Chris Nee

Wenger's in desperate need of silverware, I'm afraid. He's won so much that Arsenal being so far off the top now is most definitely a change of fortunes - football fans aren't fond of change and the ripples of discontent will spread if Arsenal start badly next season.

He won't like it, but he needs to buy. Just one or two players, but experienced players in the right positions. Whether he does so is another matter.


Love Wenger, his accomplishments for Arsenal are exceptional. But if you cannot get your players motivated for a Champions League semi (against Man U), you've lost their ear. They are tuning him out, he needs a new challenge, and his players need to hear a different voice. Will always respect his eye for talent and his commitment to his way of playing, but it's time for him (and Arsenal) to move on.