Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has given a scathing verdict on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, stating that a lack of lasting success at the North London club should have seen the Frenchman sacked.
The former Monaco and Grampus Eight boss has been in the hotseat at the Emirates Stadium outfit for two decades and transformed their fortunes over time.
Wenger on his future… “One of the factors is that the club and supporters still want me and I still want to stay.” https://t.co/hrNWBoSfcA
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However, the lack of a Champions League crown and a few near misses in the Premier League are blots on Wenger’s copybook with the ambitious team.
Talk that this may well be the Frenchman’s last season in charge at Arsenal has been rife in the media, with a section of the club’s fans also calling on the veteran trainer to step away from the role.
Despite the fact that Wenger will go down as a Gunners great, Merson has been critical of his performance in charge of the Premier League team.
Given his longevity, the former England international believes that the long-serving coach should have been shown the door and has outstayed his welcome.
“Wenger has done fantastic things for the club and 20 years at one club is an incredible achievement. But it’s too long,” he wrote in The Daily Star.
“Any other big club would have sacked him by now. Arsenal should be in the title race every year. They should be fighting for it every April.
Merson on Wenger: “20 years at one club is an incredible achievement. But it’s too long. Any other big club would have sacked him by now”
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“But there’s not been too many years like that. They haven’t won the league in 12 years.
“They haven’t won a single European trophy since the team I played in won the Cup Winners Cup 22 years ago.
“He’s had 20 chances and failed every time. That’s not good enough for Arsenal.”