Wenger Woes As Gunners Misfire, Again!

Published: Apr 07, 2014 13:18pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 07, 2014 @ 01:18pm EDT

 

This weekend was a vital one for several teams at the bottom of the league but in the top half there was also a significant game going on. Arsenal traveled to Everton four points clear, although a game ahead, of their hosts knowing that a win at Goodison Park could be one more step to securing their Champions League participation for yet another season.

 

For the longest time during this season, even after Christmas, Arsenal were considered possible Premiership title contenders. On New Years Day Arsenal were top of the League, seven points above Everton and six points above current leaders, Liverpool.

 

Even at the beginning of February, although they had slipped to second place, were still six points ahead of Liverpool and seven above Everton. Even as late as the beginning of March, although the Gunners were slipping back from the top now four points behind Chelsea, they were nine points away from the fifth place team and eleven ahead of Everton. Five points in the last five weeks have seen Arsenal slip and now the calls are deafening from Arsenal fans for Arsene Wenger to call it a day.

 

There certainly was a shift in momentum with this latest defeat and with Arsenal in FA Cup Semi Final action next Saturday they may resume their League campaign out of the top four places. Home games remain to West Ham and Newcastle in this month with a trip away to Hull sandwiched in between. May could be difficult though with Arsenal having to play both current relegation candidates first welcoming West Brom to the Emirates before finishing the campaign at Carrow Road.

 

For Everton the formula is simple. Win all your games and you will play Champions League football next season. While Arsenal are playing their FA Cup game on Saturday Everton will travel to Sunderland and could overtake the Gunners. Then they welcome Palace and ex Everton manager David Moyes to Goodison Park before traveling to the south coast and Southampton. May starts off with a visit of title challengers Manchester City before a visit to what could be a distracted Hull City.

 

An FA Cup Final could be on the cards if Wenger can first negotiate a way past Wigan and if he wins the FA Cup I think it would be the best time for him to go. The fans wanted a trophy and were bemoaning the constant fourth position and so to finish the season with a trophy and possibly fifth then that would be a good time for ‘Le Professor’ to ferme le livre on his Arsenal time.

 

If the Arsenal board, or Arsene Wenger himself, decide that the time has come to part their ways then who would come in and move the club further along. For me the first name that springs to mind is the guy who was in the opposite dugout this past Saturday. Roberto Martinez has so far done a wonderful job moving Everton on from the David Moyes era, so much so that the Everton fans are loving the football being played by the team. He has faith in his youth players and have thrown them into the first team showing that he will back them and not just pay lip service.

 

Tactically he is aware and savvy and yes he didn’t do enough to keep Wigan Athletic in the Premiership last season but he did win them their first trophy ever. Before that he got Swansea promotion to the Championship before moving to the DW Stadium and of course has proven he can make the step up.


 

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