Don't worry Arsene Wenger, your job as Arsenal boss is safe. - AFP
THE last time Newcastle dropped in at the Emirates, they got a 7-3 drubbing. Looking at Arsenal’s current attacking form, it’s unlikely that they will blast into the net anything more than five – though getting a win looks doable.
Only because the Toon are not helping themselves – they have been in free fall since selling Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain in January. It didn’t help that the hole left by Cabaye was made bigger by a string of injuries to their players, including Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy. Their good start to the season means nothing now as they sputter towards the end of the season.
I know, kind of like Arsenal.
The difference is that, despite their five consecutive defeats, Newcastle are secure in mid-table and don’t really have anything to play for anymore.
Arsenal, however, have all to play for and badly need a win.
But, as the Gunners’ luck would have it, Newcastle seem to be taking this time of the season to revitalise themselves, especially with the return of Remy and Debuchy.
Luckily, Arsenal seem to be on a revival of their own with the return of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, whose partnership in the game against Hull last week fired the Gunners to a 3-0 win.
That win has put Arsenal in the driving seat for the last Champions League berth – but, at only a point ahead of closest contenders Everton, it leaves them with no room for mistakes.
Still, one can’t help but wish that they would make a mistake and lose out on fourth place (Debuchy for one can exploit Arsenal’s lack of pace on the wings.)
Manchester United sacked David Moyes after 10 months of failure, but Arsenal have held on to Arsene Wenger for almost 10 years without him bringing any silverware.
The North London club are in dire need of a structural reform – from their transfer policy to coaching tactics. But this is something that will only happen if Wenger leaves.
The Frenchman’s legacy cannot be disputed: he has won seven major trophies for the Gunners – including four FA Cups – more than any other manager in Arsenal’s history.
But it’s time for change.
Don’t hold your breath though fellow boo-boys and girls, Arsenal could be thrashed in all their remaining games and Wenger would still not be sacked.
* Wenger 2 years, Arsenal 0.