Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told the media that he can see his spell as Arsenal Manager coming to an end shortly. One of the longest serving managers in English Football, Wenger arrived at the club 15 years ago, and was an instant success, with Arsenal playing attractive attacking Football, with Gunners legends such as Thierry Henry brought in by Wenger during his early years.
However, after six trophyless seasons the Gunners supporters’ support for Wenger has begun to fade, and the Frenchman is now realising that perhaps a fresh face in the hotseat may be the only way to turn around the club’s fortunes.
Arsenal have had a rollercoaster start to the season, with the opening few games billed as their worst start to a Premiership season during Wenger’s reign – a mindset partially brought about by a horrific 8-2 defeat to reigning Champions Manchester United.
Wenger has admitted that he is now thinking short term with regards to his plans for the club – something which has been illustrated by his activity in the transfer market. Wenger has always applied a policy of buying younger players with a lot of potential, and building them into superstars – a tactic which was particularly successful with Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas, two of the club’s biggest stars over the last decade. In the summer, however, Wenger chose to buy older, experienced players such as Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Per Mertesacker, signalling that the Arsenal boss is concentrating more on the club’s results each week than uncovering the next big superstar to take Arsenal forward in the future.
Wenger, who has won three Premier League titles during his time at Arsenal, has openly spoken of his frustration at being forced to sell rising stars such as Fabregas and Nasri, players who Wenger feels he could have developed further.