The button marked Do Not Press has finally been pressed.
“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Arsene said in a statement on the club’s website.
In fairness to the old girl, she’d been pushing water uphill for too long and the howling din of unhappy fans only became muted when they stopped occupying their already paid for seats.
Wenger was an extraordinarily successful manager but a very influential one. He had however become somewhat anachronistic in a game dropping in social media comment and god help us, fans launching their own video channels.
For me, it wasn’t just the inability to add to the already impressive silverware collection that devalued Arsene, the era that he found himself in played its own part.
Would Clough or Shankly faired as well as they did, had it been in the 21st Century?
What I find potentially the most entertaining however, is who’s next?
One of THE most tedious phrases in the English language is ‘be careful what you wish for’, a maxim designed to encourage the stooges in the workhouse to appreciate the nuanced flavour of the gruel, opposed to daydream of great big table creaking roast dinners.
Yet this is what all these cretinous ‘blud’ and ‘fam’ spouting oiks wanted.
Now he’s going, what now?
The betting for the new Arsenal boss is packed with all the usual suspects, the absolute highlight of which has to be the mentally incontinent Brendan Rodgers at 4/1!
Arsenal fans won’t get what they desire without spending. It’s how the game has been since about half an hour before Sky arrived on the scene.
Question is, will the board spend? It doesn’t matter who leaves/joins Spurs unless it’s Levy. He’s the Board.
Without a commitment to blowing at least £100million per season for the first two seasons, whoever the new man is will be in for dog’s abuse, unless he’s a fully paid up member of the magic circle.
The existing squad is flat and tired looking. Their best players have either been sold or died of boredom.
Fams N Bluds 1 Rational Thought 0 – unless Arsenal already have their man, and their strategy in place.