Arsenal: Is This Arsene Wenger's Last Year at the Emirates?

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 19, 2013

SAITAMA, JAPAN - JULY 26:  Aresne Wenger,coach of Arsenal looks on prior to the pre-season friendly match between Urawa Red Diamonds and Arsenal at Saitama Stadium on July 26, 2013 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger.

Right now, just the sound of the Arsenal manager's name makes fans of the Gunners cringe. 

After their loss to Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to open the English Premier League season, the 63-year-old is under the most pressure he has been under during his 18-year reign at the club.

Wenger's position at the club has come under criticism because of the lack of transfer business that the club has done this summer. 

With Wenger being the face of the club's administration due to the lack of presence that primary owner Stan Kroenke has in North London, he has been hammered from all sides with criticism, especially in the last few days. 

One underlying factor that has not been brought up much this week during the ongoing lambasting of Wenger is that his current contract is up at the end of the season. 

With the Gunners thrust straight into spotlight at the beginning of the season, one has to ask, will Wenger survive past this season at the Emirates Stadium? 

If you asked that question to Gunners fans right now, they would most likely tell you the sooner Wenger leaves the club, the better. 

There is no doubt that Wenger has overstayed his welcome on the red half of North London, especially because he has failed to win a single trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.

That statistic has been at the butt of everyone's jokes over the past few years, and it seems like whenever a new club wins a trophy, the Gunners are brought up in mockery on social media sites. 

The first part of the Wenger era at Arsenal was a spectacular one with the Gunners winning three EPL titles and four FA Cups. 

But ever since that 2004-05 season, something has not gone right for the Frenchman and his beloved club.

At any other club in the league with such prestige, a manager would not be allowed to stay in the managerial role for that long without winning a trophy. 

Had Wenger been the manager at a prestigious club like Manchester United or Liverpool, or at a big-spending club like Manchester City or Chelsea, he would have been sacked a long time ago. 

With the sentiment continuing to drift further into the negative column by the second, it may be smart for Wenger to finally cut his losses and move on to greener pastures, if things do not improve rapidly. 

According to The Guardianeven the Arsenal Supporters' Trust do not want Wenger to be handed any type of contract extension by the Arsenal board, who seem to operate at the beat of their own drum. 

The AST were quoted as having plenty of complaints about how Wenger and the hierarchy of the club operate, and they believe that Wenger should not be rewarded for the lack of success he has provided over the last nine seasons. 

Below are just a few of the outstanding quotes from the AST about their current manager. 

"In recent weeks [chief executive] Ivan Gazidis has spoken of the club's intent to offer Arsène Wenger a new contract. The AST believes this is inappropriate," 

"The failings we highlighted in Arsène Wenger holding too much power have only been amplified in recent weeks. These must be addressed as a matter of urgency."

                        -Arsenal Supporters' Trust via The Guardian, August 19, 2013

Amid all the chaos at Arsenal at the moment, Wenger could find himself in a much better scenario next summer if all of the summer rumours about him come true. 

As late as June 25, Darren Lewis of The Mirror reported that Paris St. Germain were still interested in bringing Wenger into the French capital to manage the star-studded club, starting with the 2014-15 season. 

PSG quelled the Wenger links back in June when they brought in Laurent Blanc to manage the club this season, but if you believe everything that was said before the Parisians hired Blanc, Wenger's move could be a realistic scenario. 

While we do mention all of the reasonable possibilities for Wenger's future above, if the Frenchman somehow rights the ship at the Emirates Stadium in the next nine months and actually wins a trophy, we could be having a totally different discussion. 

But, for now, all we have to listen to is the much-deserved criticism about Wenger and how he should not be allowed to manage another season at Arsenal and drag the club into an extended state of misery.

What do you think should happen to Arsene Wenger after his contract runs out? 

Comment below or leave me a comment on Twitter, @JTansey90.  


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