Is the clock ticking for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
Written by @seancarterr
In the aftermath of what can only be described as a Greek tragedy, it seems pretty much everyone in the footballing community are calling for the head of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners Champions League campaign is hanging by a thread just two games in, with disastrous defeats to both Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos leaving them rock bottom of Group F.
In what was being billed as a must win game for the North London club, Wenger’s decision to start David Ospina over new man Petr Cech left many baffled and dismayed. As he attempted to dodge difficult questions about his team selection in his post-match presser, the Arsenal boss had little place to hide.
By signing the former Chelsea man Arsenal looked to have finally solved the goalkeeping issue that has plagued them ever since the departure of Jens Lehmann, so why not play him in big must win games.
Put simply, Arsenal aren’t good enough to rotate their best players. They haven’t got the squad, and now because of Wenger’s poor team selection they are on the brink of crashing out at the group stage after two embarrassing defeats.
Fans, pundits and journalists all seem to be questioning whether the Frenchman is the right man for the job yet again, a reoccurring tradition in any season down at the Emirates in recent times.
Wenger’s poor selection choices, failure to splash the cash and perhaps dated methods of coaching are under the spotlight once more, but is it for real this time? Could this Champions League capitulation really spell the end of Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, which dates back to 1996.
In short, the answer is probably no. The #WengerOut brigade have been making their voices heard once more in the Twittersphere, but time and time again in the past Arsenal have managed to string together a run of results that save their managers job.
However with back to back fixtures against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich on the horizon, the Europa League looks like a likely destination for the Gunners. With a roster that boasts the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Cech, that is just not acceptable.
Arsenal are rapidly becoming a fading force in a continental competition in which, they were once feared. Theo Walcott and Sanchez were the only two beacons of hope in what was a lacklustre performance on the whole.
The game against Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday is now looking like a monumental game for the Frenchman, a performance like Tuesday night’s will no doubt infuriate the fans even more.
For all of their troubles in the Champions League, Arsenal’s domestic campaign is rolling along quite smoothly sitting just three points behind table toppers United and knocking Tottenham out of the League cup last week.
But too many more results like the Olympiacos one, and Arsenal could finally be parting company with their ever present tactician.
As Arsenal fans become increasingly agitated, Jurgen Klopp’s current unemployment is growing ever interesting to all of those who follow the Gunners, including myself. Although the erratic comments of people like Piers Morgan on Twitter should always be taken with a pinch of salt, he may actually have a point on this one.