Another year with no trophy, a few embarrassing losses to teams that Arsenal was expected to beat, and yet another top player moving on to a rival (Robin van Persie, who joined Manchester United in the summer).
And the outcry against Wenger reached epic proportions earlier this month with that Capital One Cup loss to Bradford, with even diehard fans expressing their frustration that Wenger had lost the plot, and that Arsenal had become a selling club just content to qualify for the Champions League at the end of each season.
Tempers are a little cooler now, as Arsenal have just had 3 wins on the bounce and currently sit in 4th place in the Premier League, but another slip up (and that impending Champions League match against Bayern Munich looks like it could become a major banana skin), and the doubters will be out in full force again, calling for Wenger's head.
But if Wenger does call it a day at the end of the season, is there anyone out there that could actually do a better job ? Is there anyone else out there who could persuade the Arsenal board to part with some of its precious money to spend on much-needed new players ? Wenger fans, of course, say a resounding 'no', but the truth is likely to prove a whole lot different.
Wenger, you see, IS part of the problem at Arsenal - but not because he has lost the plot (quite the reverse, in fact). By consistently delivering Champions League football, Wenger has proved to the shrew business brains on the board that their stragegy is the right one. But any new manager coming in will have none of it - in fact, the first thing a potential Wenger replacement will ask is how big a transfer budget he is going to have. Arsenal, you see, will not be able to recruit a replacement in Wenger's image - they just don't exist anymore.
So, who could replace the Arsenal legend ? Pep Guardiola ? A gamble on both sides, and so unlikely. The club ideally needs someone with Premier League experience. Roberto Martinez ? Don't laugh, but he is a fit personality-wise. But no, just not the right track record. Someone with an international pedigree too. Ah, here's someone who has to be a real contenter - Denmark's Michael Laudrup. Currently performing minor miracles at Swansea, the former Real Madrid and Barcelona man is just the kind of class act needed to follow Wenger at Arsenal. Laudrup would surely be a worthy successor to the man who defined the term the 'beautiful game'.
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