It was a well-taken shot by Mkhitaryan; a beautiful goal by Ramsey; and a double assist for Ozil; it was all in the making. This was the kind of night when Arsene Wenger rises to the billing of the occasion. If you thought Arsenal were going to lose, you had probably focused more on emotions than logic. If there is anything Wenger can do, it is the fact that he can win some matches that really don’t have much effect on the direction of his career or that of the club he leads – Arsenal.
For instance, the Gunners 3-0 win over United last season still proved futile. Apart from the fact that Arsenal won, they were still found in Europa. Another instance is the 2-2 and 2-1 played at the Emirates in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons respectively against Barcelona in the UCL. Arsenal ended that particular tie losing 4-1 and 3-1 respectively at Camp Nou. These sorts of wins or performances are mere placebo effects; they are short-lived and have no real consequence.
Wenger has toyed with Gunners for too many years that whatever he does this season shouldn’t even be considered to grant him a stay – even if he wins the Europa League. In the first place, should a club having the likes of Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Cech, Aubameyang, Sanchez (though gone), Kolasinac, Lacazette, and more be playing in the Europa League? Irrespective of the Frenchman’s final result this season, he should be relieved of his duties.
Wenger has owned the club and the board members for too long a time. His era of coaching has long been in extinct; only he knows why he’s still around. Obviously, the French manager doesn’t want to quit just yet. He is still in love with the game. However, he doesn’t have to be at Arsenal. There are a host of clubs who would be glad to have him in the dugout.
It’s time for Wenger to go look for job elsewhere. This shouldn’t be a repeat of 2014 when he won the FA Cup and was granted a 3-year contract extension. Arsene Wenger has to be sacked.