Readers react: Why would Martinez come? Everton out-perform Arsenal!

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Arsenal fans debate the merits of recruiting Roberto Martinez as Arsene Wenger's replacement, with some doubting the Spaniard would want the move.

A selection of Here Is The City readers have been debating a recent article put forth by sports writer Alan Dawson; who suggested that, while Arsene Wenger has no doubt been a loyal and successful servant for Arsenal during his lengthy-reign, he has perhaps taken the club as far as he can.

The game has moved on, particularly in a tactical sense, yet that is the one department the Frenchman is continually found out at the highest level - against Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea especially and, most recently, versus Everton.

Could one, young, Premier League coach succeed Wenger? The very same manager who got the better of the tactical better on Sunday lunch-time at Goodison Park - Roberto Martinez?

HITC reader Ian replied: "I was fully in favour of getting Martinez in [as Arsenal boss] after he left Wigan [Athletic]. I have admired all the teams he has managed for their style of play, not just Everton.

"But why would he want to come to us now when Everton are out performing us?" He asked with rhetoric.

Everton have not yet leapfrogged Arsenal, however, the Gunners were once at the top of the table but have since lost ground to Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and it may only be a matter of time before the Toffees rise above them, too.

Since February, Arsenal have competed in nine Premier League matches, but have only won three times against three losses and three draws.

Other readers also have grown tired of an unsuccessful Arsenal and an unsuccessful Wenger.

One fan commented: "Watching 'Plan A' Arsenal has become completely predictable. They are totally unable to tailor their approach to games. Where are the Alpha footballers we used to have? Sometimes our team seems like boys against men. It's really time for Wenger to go. He's had a good crack of the whip, but it's all becoming stale."

While the tactical deficiency has been cited, other readers highlighted the perpetual injury crisis at Ashburton Grove. Again, the finger was pointed at Wenger, though, who did not adequately reinforce his depleted squad despite being handed numerous transfer windows to do so throughout the years.

"With so many injuries we are starting to say "but for that we would have won the league "," said The Cabbie. "But I question that. We still had to play the top four teams and even with our so called first team would we have won these game, I am not so sure."

Steve added: "The lack of cover is 100 percent Wenger's responsibility. The league was there for the taking. At least Chelsea had [Fernando] Torres, [Demba] Ba and [Samuel] Eto'o. We were relying on one player - [Olivier] Giroud to play up to 60 games. Asking a player to play so many games is unscientific and unreasonable. The human body cannot maintain such an expectation. We wanted to win the league with one striker - insane."

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