ARSENAL’S Champions League battering by Bayern not only wrecked their hopes of reaching the last eight; it also increased speculation that Arsene Wenger will call it a day at the end of the season.
Of course, Arsene Wenger cut a dejected figure after yet another last-16 abomination, and his post-match press conference lasted little more than two minutes.
With rumours rife that, with his contract up at the end of the season, this will be his swansong the swords are out once again.
Arsenal fans, one by one (and more) are starting to turn on the man who helped transform this football club. Short memories.
Okay, the Champions League dream may well be over for another year, but some of the criticism about Wenger losing his drive and ability to get the best out of his players is out of order.
Nobody is more passionate about the game, about the club than Wenger – shame some of the players do not share his passion.
You don’t hear about players who are letting Wenger down getting grief; it’s all down to the manager. In the eyes of the less-informed, at least.
Apparently, there’s a contract on the table for the long-serving manager to extend his stay – but a decision will not be made until the end of the season.
Whether Arsene stays or goes will, so they say, be a mutual decision. But we think it will be the proud Frenchman who will make the final call.
In between times, Arsenal need to start producing the form we know they are capable of. Many more disasters like the one in Munich and Wenger will walk.