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Wenger’s ‘Vincibles’ – Arsenal like we’ve come to know

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, FA Cup, EPL, Champions League
Top of the league table in early January, Arsenal won only two of the nine games they played since and find themselves eight points off leaders Leicester City.

Miseries only compounds if you are Arsene Wenger. A banner at the Emirates Stadium, after Arsenal’s FA Cup loss to Watford, thanked Wenger for the memories and asked him to say his goodbyes. Once the manager of an Arsenal squad that was labelled ‘The Invincibles’ , Wenger has now lost three successive games at home. The three losses – against Barcelona, Swansea and Watford – have virtually ended the Gunners’ hopes of silverware this season.

Top of the league table in early January, Arsenal won only two of the nine games they played since and find themselves eight points off leaders Leicester City. In the Champions League, they travel to Barcelona during the midweek in an attempt to overturn their 2-0 first leg deficit – something we all know will be miraculous if the Londoners did. The FA Cup, Arsenal and Wenger’s salvation over the last couple of years, isn’t going to be the club and its manager’s saving grace this season.

As has been suggested, and too often lately, Wenger’s tenure might well be nearing its end. Detractors seem to be growing with every unfavourable result and the boos ring out louder. As this wave of negativity sweeps across the Emirates Stadium, even the Frenchmen’s staunchest supporters are gradually catching the flu.

To make matters worse, Wenger walked out of a radio interview when a BBC reporter asked for his opinion stating, “You sound like you don’t believe you’re under pressure.” In another interview, the under-fire manager went on to label the criticism being directed at him as ‘farce’.

Wenger has found support, only little though, from sections of fans, former players and managers. Talking about all the spite directed at Wenger after the loss to Watford, Arsenal legend Ian Wright said it was tearing him apart to see the manager under fire.

A season that promised so much, the most of late, has just fallen flat and with every passing game, the Gunners seem to be sinking deeper. Maybe Arsene Wenger isn’t to blame for it all or maybe he is! As long as Arsenal keep slipping up, season after season, Wenger will have to shoulder the blame. Adding to the previous sentence, if he stays!

 

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