The Gunners have been excellent this season, particularly in the second half of the campaign and are currently joint-second in the Premier League. Arsenal are unbeaten in nine league games, winning eight and drawing their most recent match against the champions elect Chelsea. Meanwhile, the Gunners are in the FA Cup final for the second season running and only Aston Villa stand between them and back-to-back cup triumphs.
However, many are suggesting that now may be the right time for Arsene Wenger to stand down as manager. In terms of his legacy, it may be better for Wenger to leave the club with his head held high rather than risk getting sacked for poor results next season. We take a look at Arsenal’s season under the Frenchman and provide our thoughts on whether Wenger should leave Arsenal if they win the cup, or have one last attempt at winning the Premier League title.
He would be going out on a high
If Arsenal manage to record back-to-back FA Cup triumphs, then Wenger would have the perfect opportunity to stand down with his legacy intact and retire as an Arsenal legend. The Frenchman led the club through a period of 10 years without a trophy but successive victories in cup competitions would ensure that Wenger could leave the club and go down in history as one of the greatest managers in Arsenal’s history.
He may believe that they stand a chance of winning the title next year
After an excellent second half of the season, Wenger may believe that his side can challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title next year and could decide to remain at the club for one more campaign. With a couple of signings, the Gunners will certainly compete for trophies again next year but Wenger’s side will need to start quickly if they are to keep pace with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. This season, Arsenal won just two of their first eight matches and the Frenchman was under severe pressure.
The Arsenal manager deserves the opportunity to have one more stab at the title, but it may be for the best if he stands down at the end of the year. Chelsea, City and United are likely to improve in the summer transfer window and if Arsenal don’t invest heavily, then they will struggle to keep pace at the top of the league. First and foremost, the Gunners must ensure that they win this year’s FA Cup and give Wenger the perfect send-off if he does decide to leave.