Arsene Wenger is too good for England: It's time he left for Barcelona

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Arsenal fans don't know how lucky they are to have Arsene Wenger. After almost 18 years of service it's time he left his critics behind for pastures new.

So fickle have the Gunners (un)faithful become, that months after proclaiming their long-standing manager to be a living saint, they are now calling for his head once more. He deserves better.

True, he may lack the single-mindedness of Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho, and isn't as cynical as Rafael Bentiez and other tactically minded coaches, but since his arrival on these shores in 1996, Wenger has done the most to try and bring Arsenal and the rest of English football up to speed with the rest of Europe.

In came the Frenchman, out went the Mars bars, drinking culture, fish and chips and the old-fashioned, unhealthy and unprofessional lifestyles that dominated the Premier League in the early 90's.

His more sophisticated way of working saw ever more technically gifted players flock to Highbury, from France and beyond, to swell the club's ranks, and eventually the squads of their Premier League competitors as standards improved across the league.

Other clubs copied his methods and successes, and eventually caught up with him. Sadly, it could be said that he was cheated out of a title-winning legacy by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City who seduced sugar daddies rather than building up own fairly-won revenue streams and infrastructure.

The Emirates stadium is Wenger's life's work, and had Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour never come to meddle in the waters of English football, it's likely that its construction would have won him many more trophies through honest endeavor rather than what the man himself terms, "financial doping".

He cannot be blamed for playing fair while the game itself was rigged by forces beyond his control, and the manner in which Arsenal fans continue to flip flop over their feelings toward their leader is a minor disgrace.

After everything he has given to the club and the league, he deserves a reward, and a posting at a club already much further along the development path he has set the Gunners to follow: Barcelona.

With Tata Martino set to leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season after an underwhelming first term, and interest from Argentina in his services following the World Cup offering him a dignified way out, Wenger would be the perfect man to take over the Catalans in the summer.

His taste in football fits the ethos of what Barcelona try to achieve to a tee, while he already has a good relationship with the man set to eventually succeed Xavi, Cesc Fabregas.

Behind a genuine super club with the resources to match his talents, he would only have to worry about producing the best football possible. Though the club may have been hit with a transfer ban by FIFA, the sanction is a similar one to the block Chelsea successfully appealed against.

Barcelona also have the money and prestige to ensure that footballers only leave on the club's terms, meaning that even if recruitment were to be an issue, retaining the assets of their world class squad wouldn't be an issue.

If anything, an enforced transfer ban would only offer up another reason to appoint the Frenchman given his proven track record at keeping Arsenal competitive without major reinforcements from the transfer market.

Giving the job to Wenger wouldn't solely be a matter of financial management or mercy however. The Gunners boss would freshen up Barcelona's attacking play, which has become a bit too reliant on Lionel Messi in recent years and growing stale in the aftermath of Pep Guardiola's years of constant victory.

At their best, Arsenal have been unmatched this season for their fast-paced, flowing football, built around the combinations of their talented and creative attackers. If Wenger were to build a Barcelona side to his blueprint, there's no telling what they could achieve.

Meanwhile, the Gunners can face the question of how to replace the man who made them the most attractive team in England. Come September, specialist in succession David Moyes may be available?

So go on Arsene: go and complete your journey at a destination worthy of your genius. Your supposed cheerleaders in the UK are dragging you down and you don't deserve their negativity. Take the next step up the ladder. You've earned it.

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