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Wenger In or Out? The Choice Facing Arsenal Fans on May 15th

Writer Chris Weir looks at the pros and cons of Arsene Wenger finally calling an end to his long reign as Arsenal manager this summer.


This summer, a familiar argument will dominate our lives.  We’ve been debating the issue for years now, with both sides of the question vociferous and passionate in their defence. Social media is ablaze with the pros and cons of a decision that could change our daily lives forever.

The Leave camp thinks we’ll be stronger alone, free to pursue our own destiny and without being tied down to a suffocating ideology. The Remain camp  disagrees – look how far we’ve come under this regime, look how much we’ve prospered. We, they argue, are better together.

We’ll know in less than a month, when a relegated Aston Villa travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal on May 15th. When the final whistle blows, we’ll know where the Gunners end up in the Premier League table.

The ‘remain’ camp will point to a 19th successive season in the Champions League. They’ll extol the virtues of two FA Cups in 3 years, putting their faith in a revitalised transfer policy that has seen deadwood shifted and replaced by proven quality. They’ll say the greatest manager in the club’s history, who has guided the team to three Premier League titles and established them as a top-level club, deserves to leave on his own terms. This summer, they argue, could also bring a chance to change things from the inside, with Wenger promising a busy transfer window to reinforce his squad.

The ‘Leave’ camp will wave away this defence. In their mind, fear is the only thing stopping Arsenal from stepping away from past glories and becoming competitive once again. They’ll argue that no Premiership in twelve years is a disastrous return, that one Champions League Final appearance is not enough for a club that has boasted some of the world’s finest players. They’ll point towards Leicester ( or worse, Tottenham) claiming a Premier League title that should have ended up in the red half of North London. Its time, they’ll suggest, that a new man comes in and has a go. Its clear, they reason, that the current system works only for those at the top, who are happy to let the sporting side stagnate as long as the revenues keep coming in.

What will happen on May 15th? In all likelihood, our lives will be very much the same. Arsène Wenger has a year left on his current deal , having always committed to seeing out his contracts.

Arsenal fans will also be wary of the Wenger dynasty collapsing, taking note of Manchester United’s ongoing struggles after the resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson. Nearly three years on, they continue to toil under a struggling manager and a prosaic football style that bores their fans to tears. Letting Wenger go does not guarantee that things will get better.

The lack of a credible alternative means that the leave and remain camps will be facing off for another 12 months. For neutrals and Arsenal fans alike, it is a daunting prospect.

What do you think? Are you ‘in’ or ‘out’?



  1. Bakri

    April 23, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Wenger came to Arsenal from Japan last century, inherited excellent players and add to them Viera and Henry to win the double. He refused to adapt to the world that entered the digital age in the twenty first century as he still lives the twentieth century. Every beginning has an end , Wenger should recognize that and not spoil the decent relationship between him and the Arsenal fans around the world. Football is about wining and about scoring goals and his Giroud and Mertsacker are not up to this job in the premier league

  2. Stanley

    April 23, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Wenger Out

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  4. Nkem

    April 24, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Arsene seem to have lost his grip on the team and I think it’s high time a new management comes in and a new form of motivation as well. Bringing in world class players will not make any difference because at some point they will all Crack to the resistance. #WengerOut

  5. Ken

    April 24, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Wenger OUT any time of the day.
    Fed up with his lies, empty promises, and cheap tactics. He has already started with his every year scenario, scouting loads of players to end up with a potential prospect like Elneny and keeping his shit fellow countryman OG.

  6. MikeSA

    April 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I was mostly in agreement until the last paragraph where the author makes a statement that there is no credible alternative.

    That is so wrong it’s frightening. It’s a myth perpetuated by Wenger apologists.

    In reality, arguably a good 60 to 70% of the managers currently in the EPL would have got more out of the Arsenal squad than Wenger has in the last few seasons. I would suggest that Allardyce would have got more out of what is an unbalanced, but talented squad.

    It’s the lack of coaching, tactics, and the insistence on playing fsvourites that kills this team, and that’s all Wenger.

  7. Jae

    April 26, 2016 at 9:53 am


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