Arsene Wenger has been answerable for Arsenal for over 20 seasons, and total, his tenure has been a hit. Wenger has led Arsenal to 3 Premier League titles, together with an undefeated season with the 2003-04 squad — a gaggle that was dubbed the “Invincibles” — in addition to a formidable seven FA Cup titles (greater than some other membership since he began at Arsenal in 1996).

But success has begun to dry up for Wenger in latest seasons.

After 20 consecutive years of ending within the prime 4 within the EPL desk, Arsenal at the moment are on their solution to ending exterior the highest 4 for the second straight yr as they’re at the moment 13 factors behind fourth-place Tottenham with solely eight matches remaining. The Gunners additionally bowed out early within the FA Cup after shedding to a tier-two Nottingham Forest facet, they usually have been blown out in embarrassing style towards Man City within the League Cup remaining. At this level, successful the Europa League (at the moment matched up within the quarterfinals towards Moscow) is admittedly the one solution to forestall the present season from being an epic catastrophe.

For the previous a number of years, there have been rumblings amongst Arsenal followers about whether or not or not Wenger was nonetheless match to be answerable for the membership. Since the legendary 2003-04 season, the Gunners have been on a gradual decline. They completed both first or second within the league yearly from 1997-98 to 2004-05, however they then completed in third or fourth place for the following 10 seasons. Wenger was nonetheless well-respected, however even earlier than these previous two seasons, it had already appeared that he had taken Arsenal so far as he may.

Arsenal’s development as a membership has been largely stalled for the previous decade, however the final two seasons have been a steeper decline. Last season was the primary one underneath Wenger wherein the Gunners didn’t qualify for Champions League, as they completed one level exterior of the highest 4 (though their year-end level complete was adequate to be within the top-four in each different EPL season). This season, nevertheless, Arsenal have grow to be completely irrelevant within the race for the highest 4 as they now sit in sixth place and are at the moment nearer to seventh-place Burnley than they’re to fifth-place Chelsea.

While you possibly can argue the Gunners have been unfortunate to overlook out on the highest 4 final yr, their abysmal report this season can’t be attributed to luck or dangerous circumstance as they’ve modest stats in a number of key classes.

Stat League Ranking
Goals Scored fifth
Goals Conceded ninth
Shots per Game fifth
Shots Conceded per Game fifth
Dribbles per Game 10th
League Position sixth

Arsenal rank exterior the highest 4 in objectives scored, objectives conceded, pictures per sport, pictures conceded per sport and dribbles per sport. Considering this assortment of lackluster statistics, it’s honest to say Arsenal have fully earned their sixth-place standing within the league this marketing campaign.

Wenger nonetheless has one other yr remaining on his contract, and there’s a risk that he sees that contract to its completion. However, it’s apparent that Wenger has been unable to maintain tempo with England’s elite as he has gotten older, and his Arsenal groups have been slowly fading for the previous decade, with previous two seasons dashing up the decline.

If Arsenal needs to return to being one of many giants of English soccer, it appears to be like like they’re going to have to chop ties with the person who made them simply that not too way back.