The fans aren’t happy and the voices of discontent have started looking for a new direction.
It is going on eight years since Wenger and Arsenal last lifted trophy and that is a bone of contention for the faithful. They see a club that not so long ago topped the league after going through a season unbeaten struggle badly. ‘The Invincibles’ consisted of a who’s who of Arsenal heroes whereas the current crop consist more of a who’s who of Arsenal duds.
In England, when a manager struggles the conversation turns to whether he can hold on to his job. Arsenal looks at Arsene Wenger as a god however, an untouchable, because of what he has achieved with the North London giant.
In saying this it doesn’t stop a few fans speaking up and out, which is okay, about the state of affairs. Some have begun acting as an impromptu board of directors and drew up a list of potential successors led by the outspoken television presenter, Piers Morgan.
This is a list of a who’s who of football managers, as is always the case with a Premiership club.
Now it’s important to look at this list with a critical eye as well, after all they will be replacing the man who rejuvenated the image of the club.
The list consists of Jose Mourinho (no chance), Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund’s Wenger so no way he’ll go yet), and one other leading contender - Everton’s David Moyes.
The Scotsman has been managing in England since 1998 where he took over Preston North End and his stint there drew the attention of Everton who he took over in 2003.
Moyes has done a very good job but his history is as follows at Everton:
- Ten years
- No trophies, none, zilch, nada!
- Selling his best players
- Paying big wages to players
When changing the manager at a club, like in any walk of life, you must take into account what you are replacing him with. I was reading an Everton fan forum while doing this article where they were discussing the rumour around Moyes to Arsenal.
One poster said “I hope this is true because it will take Arsenal further away from the Top 4”.
An Everton fan, or at least someone who contributes to an Everton forum, with an opinion like that is eye opening if nothing else.
Comparing Moyes and Wenger there is pointers and yardsticks that need to be considered. Everton are a club that have spent similarly to Arsenal so when you compare the two you can see the better manager.
Everton are not hamstrung by any means, they are a club who have spent big and have lost big name players because they see bigger things elsewhere. Moyes has overseen that.
He spent big on Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic, Kevin Mirallas, Dimitar Bilyaletdinov and Steven Pienaar.
They have never utilised the class that they possess to really make the waves that the English media would have you believe they have done.
Another pointer, top 4 finishes. Wenger has finished in the top 4 every season that he has been at the Arsenal while Moyes…? Once!
If that doesn’t convince you then how about league finishes, how many times has Moyes finished above Wenger? He has never done that.
For Wenger, the questions still remain over his long term future with Arsenal. Whether he wants to stay with the club that he has rejuvenated is for another day, another article.
Let’s get one thing straight though on Moyes - he is not the answer.