Thursday 22 March 2018 / 11:22 AM

OK Arsene, enough is enough

If you missed it, Arsenal are out of the FA Cup – the one competition they had more than half a shot of winning.

Which means – or at least it should – only one thing:

Goodbye Arsene.

I wrote a couple of weeks back that Arsene Wenger’s time at the Emirates looked to be drawing a close. I highlighted the fact that this season has presented the perfect opportunity for the Frenchman to win the Premier League for the first time in decade, and that failure to do so should result in serious repercussions.

And now, the case for the prosecution is even stronger.

In the past couple of seasons, Arsenal’s poor performance in the league has been somewhat papered over by their FA Cup wins – but this time, that’s not going to happen.

Their loss at home to Watford ensured that the Gunners wouldn’t be winning their third FA Cup in as many years, and with a game against Barcelona on Wednesday to come, Wenger has just one iron in a rapidly cooling fire.

If, as expected, Arsenal fail to overturn their 0-2 deficit at the Nou Camp and exit the Champions League, there will be next to nothing left. Just one tiny sliver of Premier League hope.

And if, as expected, Arsenal fail to overcome the eight point gap between themselves and Leicester City, Wenger must pay with his job.

Quite simple, this has not been good enough, and enough is enough.

Wenger has been a fantastic manager for the Gunners, but as time has gone on, his effectiveness has diminished; and if the Arsenal board have any ambition at all, now is the time to show it by appointing a young, hungry manager who wants to win things.

The clichéd Arsenal frailties, their choking ability, have been alive and well for all to see for many years now, but this season has seen them manifested on all fronts – despite being presented with their best opportunity to win the big one for nearly 10 years.

It should be, it has to be, the straw that breaks that camel’s back.

Whether it will be, is another question. Will Wenger be prepared to go out having failed?  Will the board be prepared to risk bringing in a manager without the same level of respect for economics?

Time will tell. But what is clear is that for many Arsenal fans, the anguish that a trophy-less season will bring them will only be assuaged by a new man at the helm.


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Seb Greenwood

CBS’s longest-serving contributor, Englishman Seb is our leading football correspondent, pulling no punches with his opinions on the Premier League and the international scene.

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