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The Arsenal Way

Started on 29 November 2014 by Verdinho
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It’s the most quizzing question to ever loom over the red half of North London; should Arsene Wenger stay at Arsenal or bring to an end to his 18-year-reign with the Gunners, after a season of many highs and lows at the Emirates Stadium.

Clearly, Wenger is one of the greatest and most enigmatic managers to ever grace the Premier League, and one who has delivered multiple honours in grand style for the North Londoners. However, trophies droughts, top heavy squads and eye-popping defeats to their closest rivals in recent months has brought the Frenchman’s position to be questioned by various sectors of Arsenal’s support. We’ve broken down the advantages and disadvantages of Wenger’s potential stay.


Think of Arsenal’s greatest managers and its best moments, you'll find Wenger’s name is written all over the club’s history. Revolutionising Premier League football upon his arrival and offering Sir Alex Ferguson the fiercest of rivalries for various seasons, Wenger managed to push Arsenal into a title contender season after season, winning three Premier League titles in the process. Arsenal’s final league title came in 2004 with the Gunners finishing the season unbeaten, extending their record to 49 games without defeat, as he brought through names such as Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas to the top of world football along the years.

Since 2004, ‘the Invincibles’ were slowly dismantled and Arsenal endured a nine-year-spell without a trophy, as they completed the transition from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006. Arsenal went through many seasons without the necessary funds to compete with megabucks Chelsea, oil-rich Manchester City and others, but Wenger still achieved qualification to the all-important UEFA Champions’ League each season, on top of continuing the trend of finishing above bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, even when it appeared that the balance in North London was beginning to shift.

Times are changing, however, and Wenger now has the funds to fully strengthen every area of the Arsenal squad and add to this season’s FA Cup triumph. ‘Le Professeur’ has pulled together a young squad, including the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and adding the talents of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil to his roster, so there is hope that Wenger can turn Arsenal up a gear.


There are many who believe nine years without a trophy is simply too long, and that the only reason Wenger has managed to keep his job is because, well, he’s Arsene Wenger, Arsenal hero of the late nineties and early noughties.

Wenger is reaping the rewards from his early success as Arsenal manager, therefore, he is untouchable. Due to the shrewd and low-key business we are accustomed to seeing from the Gunners, Arsenal has looked a lot more like a business instead of a football club in recent years, so the board will appear to be happy with Wenger, as long as he qualifies for the Champions’ League and turns in profits. Arsenal fans want silverware, league titles, and Wenger has failed to deliver that. So much is the reputation of Wenger inside the club that many doubters of the man suggest he has too much power within the club and that he will never be sacked.

There’s also the suggestion than Wenger has become outdated and that his tactical naivety versus big teams resulted in heavy defeats to the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. Football has changed, but Wenger has failed to change with it and Arsenal are paying the price for it on the pitch. Furthermore, Wenger’s reluctance to spend apparent cash reserves on players in the transfer window has irritated plenty.

On the back of winning the FA Cup, it may be time for Wenger to make the definitive step and walk away from the club. As the old saying goes, "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

What do you think? Should Wenger stay or go?

Wenger In! No better man for the job, have to believe a manager of his caliber can find a way to fix things! Great start, really looking forward to this story :D
for now yes he should stay
One season, if it doesn't work.. then get him out !
Out at the end of the season only, not in the middle of it. Good start :)
Aw I wanted to see someone different to be honest.... But good luck nonetheless, even if it is an Arseanal story.... *bleh*


Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has brought an end to speculation over his Arsenal reign by signing a new one-year extension to his current contract, taking his tenure at the club to May 2015.

Wenger, approaching his 18th year in charge of the Gunners, is the club’s longest serving manager and the most successful boss to ever lead Arsenal, winning eight major trophies in North London.

The longest-serving current manager in English football has also qualified for the Champions League for 17 consecutive years, a record only matched by Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Surpassing the 1,000 game mark as the new season begins, Wenger said: “I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club. We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.

“The club has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together.

“Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.”

Arsenal chairman, Sir Chips Keswick, said: “We are delighted that Arsène has renewed his contract for a further three years. He is a man of principle, who lives and breathes Arsenal.

“He has established Arsenal for its exciting playing style around the world, continues his commitment to young players and has the ability to bring top-class players to the club. I have no doubt we have an exciting future ahead of us with him leading the team.”

64-year-old Wenger has led Arsenal to three league titles, five FA Cups and four Community Shields, including two league and cup doubles in 1998 and 2002.

He is also the only Arsenal manager to have won the FA Cup more than once, the only manager to take the Arsenal to a Champions League final and the only manager in the Barclays Premier League era to finish a 38-match season undefeated, as Arsenal went on to register a run of 49 Premier League games without defeat.

Wenger joined Arsenal from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus in October 1996. He also managed at AS Monaco and Nancy in Ligue 1, was assistant manager at Cannes and worked in the youth team of his hometown club Strasbourg.
Another story....I hope you stick with this one. Good luck.

The Wenger Review

The news of the renovation of Arsène Wenger’s contract was welcomed by many of the clubs fans, but not all, as the club’s fan base experiences its biggest split yet with regards to their opinions on Arsenal’s most successful manager.

The Wenger dilemma has become a double edged sword, viewed differently by Arsenal and football fans across the world. It’s the true scenario of one viewing a glass of water as half-full, meanwhile another views it as half-empty. In Arsenal’s case, it’s the lack of silverware, their FA Cup win last season being their first trophies for nine years, whereas others are quick to point out Wenger’s consistency in qualifying for the UEFA Champions’ League.

Concluding question; Is Arsenal’s decision to renew Wenger’s contract the right one? Sky Sports News’ football experts Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville review the thinking behind the deal.

Jamie Carragher

“I think it’s fair to point out Arsenal’s stability and dedication to Wenger, as football has become a very trigger happy industry in the past season, with regards to managers. However, Arsenal are at risk of becoming the polar opposite of reckless sacking.

“Wenger was a huge success in the first half of his Arsenal career, but you really have to look at the facts when it comes to the latter nine years in charge – it hasn’t been good enough. Nine years without a trophy sticks out like a sore thumb, and so you look at the reasons why.

“Firstly, the manner in which the ‘Invincibles’ squad disintegrated was poor management, in my opinion. I don’t know his true reasons for letting go the likes Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell etc. but he got rid of what was one of the best teams ever far too soon. Sir Alex Ferguson would have kept a team like that for a decade!

“That brings me to my second point, which is his apparent stubbornness. Wenger needs to realise what he swears by won’t work every time and that investment is required in modern day football. His Arsenal team still play some of the best football, but what good is that when you can’t win what matters?

“I think the Arsenal board has made a step forwards in only giving him a one-year-deal. We’ve often talked about Wenger having too much power upstairs, but the one-year-deal sends out a message to him. He needs to change, or else he’s out. So many Wenger sceptics expect that at least.”

Gary Neville

“I’m a keen admirer of Wenger’s work and I firmly believe there’s only a very select few that could achieve what he has done in the last nine years. We are talking about the consistency in delivering Champions’ League football year after year, and believe me, that matters!

“Not every club can do it, only Real Madrid has for the period Wenger has managed to do so, and every player wants to play in the Champions’ League. What is going on at Arsenal is the turning of a new leaf; a charge to supremacy, and they’re going about it in the most old-fashioned, but also correct manner

“They don’t have a billionaire pumping countless sums of cash into the club, far from it. In the past nine years they’ve had very little money to work with, and that is why I applaud Wenger for still remaining competitive within the top four, meanwhile his rivals are throwing cash about.

“Arsenal’s financial situation is now clear, so they can now begin investing in their squad and mount title challenges. The signing of Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez shows they do have ambition. I think Wenger realises now that Arsenal are locked and ready to launch, and all he’s got to do is adapt his style a little and attack the transfer market strategically. Make the signings and compete for multiple honours.

“If Wenger manages to pull this off, and I believe he could, this will have to be one of the biggest managerial tales ever.”
C'mon, let the gaffer stay!! For once in his life, Gary's talking sense!
I think Jamie has a fair point but Wenger has settled in to Arsenal and is basically family the players love him and if the fans are happy then surely there is no reason to get rid of him
Lovely start! And let Wenger stay, at least until the end of the season.
Good decision to let Wenger sign a new contract until the end of the season - good luck!!
Good luck with the gooners
Neal, OMGitsToddzy, Jonaldinho, TonkaWolves115 & captainbrickarms - Thanks for the early appreciation, guys :D

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