Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson has said if Arsenal don’t win the FA Cup this season, then maybe it’s the right time for Arsene Wenger and the club to go their separate ways.
After a promising start to the season which saw Arsenal lead the Premier League for much of the season – and as recently as February – the Gunners are in serious danger of finishing outside the top four for the first time under the Frenchman.
Arsenal are favourites to lift the FA Cup this season, and will face holders Wigan Athletic at Wembley this weekend in the semi-final as they look to end their nine year wait for a trophy.
With Hull City and Sheffield United going head-to-head in the other semi-final, the expectation is that Wenger, and Arsenal, should deliver some silverware this season.
Lawrenson wrote in his Daily Mirror column: “Now the Gunners have to turn their attentions to the FA Cup and if they fail to win that then maybe it could be the perfect time for both sides to say enough is enough.
“Maybe Arsene himself could turn around and say: “Thanks for everything, I’m going to move on.”
“And maybe Arsenal as a club should shake his hand and say: “Thanks for everything.”
“I’m a huge admirer of Wenger. He has done a wonderful job for many years at Highbury and the Emirates. But it is looking as if the magic has gone. He is no longer working the miracles that he used to and Arsenal’s fans are becoming increasingly frustrated by that.
“Delivering the FA Cup might just be the best way to bring the curtain down on what used to be the best show in town.”
There has been talk for a lot of the second half of the season over the contract situation of the Arsenal manager – though Wenger has said that his commitment wasn’t questionable, a possible hint that he would extend his stay at the club.
The concern for Arsenal is that they have failed to perform in the big games away from home after being well beaten by Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, as well as losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier on in the season.
The form Arsenal are currently in is alarming as they face a big fight to qualify for the Champions League with fourth place firmly in the hands of Everton, who beat the Gunners 3-0 at Goodison Park yesterday.