Did Arsenal make a mistake by not parting ways with Wenger this summer?

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Did Arsenal miss an opportunity to part ways with Arsene Wenger this summer?

The 30th May 2014 may be a date which Arsenal look back at as one of missed opportunity, for that was the day on which Arsene Wenger signed a new three-year-deal at the club. 

Just weeks after their FA Cup triumph, which ended their prolonged trophy drought, Wenger was rewarded with a contract extension, but it seems that their faith in the Frenchman to build on that success may have been misguided.

Arsenal had the perfect chance to end their long-serving manager's regime and start afresh over the summer. 

Wenger could have gone out as a hero, after guiding the side to a trophy, and it would have cost the club nothing to allow him to leave as his contract was previously running out in the summer. 

However, the Gunners chose to keep faith in a manager who they have seemingly been regressing under for some time and the existing problems in the squad have not been solved.

There can be no questioning Wenger's achievement at the North London side, and he will go down as one of the greatest football managers of all-time, but there has been a sense of things going stale for some time at the Emirates.

A run of fourth placed finishes have been frustrating for the club, but more concerning is that the same deficiencies in the team appear to be evident year after year.

Arsenal now posses one of the most potent forward lines in the division, but all of this is undone by Wenger's failure to recruit a defensive midfielder.

The Gunners have been exposed against the top-level teams in European competition, whilst they have also thrown leads away due to Wenger's lack of game management skill.

The Frenchman is a principled man, but his failure to be able to see games out and persistence with playing an attacking brand of football is unquestionably costing Arsenal.

The side had chased a midfield enforcer in the summer - but Wenger's prudence blocked any chance of a move for Sami Khedira or William Carvalho happening and the weaknesses in their game have continued. 

At the moment the side look like they will head out of the Champions League in familiar circumstances, after failing to top a group which is led by the struggling Borussia Dortmund. 

More worryingly, they have also won just four of their first 11 Premier League fixtures and even a Champions League spot looks a doubt.

Although Arsenal are likely to be in the top-four at the end of the season - they have enough quality in their first-team to see them through - it is hard to argue that they are making progress and, in hindsight, a change-up this summer may have been what was required to help the club move forward. 

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