The calls from Arsenal fans for Arsene Wenger to depart the Emirates this summer are growing even louder following Monday night’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the hands of relegation candidates Crystal Palace.
While the support for Wenger to stay quietens, RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy believes the 67-year-old will stay on but ultimately his project has failed at Arsenal.
Speaking to RTE Sport, Dunphy believes the Arsenal hierarchy are in fear of what will happen if they lose the stability of Wenger, who has been in charge since 1996 and won three Premier League titles and six FA cups.
“This is the worst team they’ve had during his era. For the last decade, they haven’t threatened to win the Premier League.”
“They still have a chance of getting into the top four (but) the footballing project has failed definitely.”
“People like Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain were the hope for the future. He brought in Sanchez, who wants to leave now, and Ozil, who’s pretty useless.”
The Frenchman has not delivered a title since 2004 and the Gunners are currently on course to miss out on a Champions League place for the first time since the 1998/99 season.
The RTE pundit pointed to the problems Manchester United have suffered since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson after 27 years at the helm, and are currently on their third manager in almost four years.
“It is a real crisis and they’re going to have to make a big decision,”
“The problem is, if you look at what happened after Alex Ferguson left Manchester United, or further back Matt Busby, you don’t know what’s coming next.”
“If they get rid of Wenger, what happens then? They need change but they will feel it’s dangerous. The fans want change but it’s not easy to find someone to succeed the way he has done, with that business model.”
“Arsenal is run as as business. They’ve qualified for the Champions League for the last 19 seasons, that ensures they make a profit every year.”
“They’ve moved from Highbury to the Emirates, which is a magnificent stadium, and all that has been achieved in quite a prudent way.”
“They make a consistent profit and for that reason they may stick with Arsene Wenger.”
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