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Why Arsenal should stick to Arsene Wenger

There's been bountiful talk regarding the future of Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger. Whilst many foresee the 67-year-old walking away from the Emirates at the end of the season, the extremely intricate Frenchman has opted to keep his cards close to his chest. But will it be a good move for the gaffer to quit? Or should he remain at the helms beyond the current campaign? We seek answers.

Managing in a top league like the Premier League demands more than just a requisite tactical mastery or wealth of experience as its prerequisite. It goes beyond excellent knowledge of the country, it's people and the language. Rather, it is one which seeks to examine the capacity of managers in an increasingly more complex and volatile working environment.

According to stats unearthed by Sky Sports, the average tenure of a manager in the professional game in England has dropped to just 1.23 years. No wonder 48 managers has already been axed this season - with six of those from the Premier League.

However, Arsene Wenger over time has bucked the trend having managed the Gunners for around 21 years. The 67-year-old, who took charge of the club in October 1996, is currently the longest-serving manager in all of the country's top four divisions. But for the time ever, the Frenchman is under immense pressure from all and sundry - so terrifying that he could be forced to quit at the end of the season. The club has obviously declined over the last decade, disappointing their fans both in the Premier and Champions Leagues. So bad that they now risk finishing outside the top four for the first time since his arrival.

That has apparently irked the fans who have been utterly vociferous about their pathetic ordeals. Yet Wenger, who has been offered a new contract by the board is refusing to clearly define his future.

He said in February: "I will manage next season, whether it’s here or somewhere else. That’s absolutely for sure. You do not stay somewhere for 20 years to then walk out after a defeat like that. It is difficult to take, but I have the strength and experience to respond to that".

So what should be the best logical step by the club?

Wenger might be enduring his worst managerial crisis yet, nevertheless, he is unarguably among the best around at the moment. Supporters of the club have continually clamoured for his head, but forget to prescribe who ultimately should succeed him. Whoever eventually replaces the Frenchman will be expected not only to ensure instant success but maintain the amiable philosophy of the 67-year-old. Hence the biggest headache, however, is at the moment, there ain't too many coaches around who can guarantee both.

Aside the apparent complexity of finding a suitable replacement, Wenger himself seem to be helplessly adjusting to latest trends. Like a left-hander slowly learning to use the right at old age, the Frenchman has been forced to go against his own principles just to win games, thus making the fans happy.

For the first time ever, Wenger played three at the back against Middlesbrough on Monday night; a system which we've seen the likes of Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochetinno amongst others use to great effect this term. This slight tactical tweak ensured the Gunners returned to winning ways, thereby showing that the gaffer is somewhat susceptive to changes.

“The first time in 20 years, that shows you that even at my age you can change! But sometimes when a team lacks confidence, just to add something new to believe helps to focus and overall the fact that we conceded three at West Brom, three at Crystal Palace, I felt it was needed. It worked well in the first half, we didn’t give any chances away and we were quite solid on set-pieces. In the second half on one or two occasions, I felt we could have been a bit more dominant in the air, but overall yes." - Arsene Wenger told Arsenal TV.

With Arsene Wenger forthwith willing to flick things, a major shake-up of the club's set-up could just be the last piece of the jigsaw. It is speculated that the club is planning to appoint their first director of football - a move that will most definitely soften the workload on the Frenchman. Furthermore, this will enhance the club’s activities in the transfer market. Wenger clearly isn't the best manager in the world but could just be the man to deliver the goods in the coming years.

About the Author Toby Prince

An unrepentant soccer freak other freaks call geek.

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