... Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League?
There are two sides to this argument as Arsenal fan Thomas Williamson explains...
If Arsenal do not get into the top four, then Arsene Wenger will have failed in the most basic unwritten rule of his job, to deliver continued Champions League football to support the commercial side of the club, for things such as hospitality at games.
Arsenal will overnight become a lot less marketable, so will lose money to spend on players. It will become harder to attract top quality players to the club, so once out we may never get back in, like Newcastle or Liverpool.
Players such as Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott may decide that they don’t want to stick around for too long in what will be an increasingly second rate team, when they can be playing at the top.
The sight of Robin Van Persie with the League title in May, as well as the strong possibility of ex-Arsenal players with Champions League and FA Cup winners medal will be sure to have an effect on them, as the sight of Samir Nasri with his title winner’s medal probably had on Van Persie.
The plight of Leeds shows just how important the competition is. Of course I don’t think we will end up relegated, but it just shows how important the competition is.
Wenger has achieved so much for the club, that one failure to qualify does not diminish his other achievements. It is easy to forget that this is a man who took a club to a whole season without defeat, and who transformed a mid table Premier League club who had previously obtained success by playing hoof and hope football.
Would it not be ungrateful to sack him after all he has done for us, has he not earned the right to decide when he goes? Also, if the club does decide to sack him, then what next?
A club not in the Champions League will find it hard to attract a manager with a better record than Wenger’s. Would someone like David Moyes, who lacks top level European management experience, be able to do a better job?
The headlines of an eight year trophy drought hide the fact that Arsenal have had some near misses in that period.
What do you think? Should Wenger stay or go if Arsenal miss out?
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