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Liam Brady Reminds “Wenger Out” Brigade Of Arsenal’s Humble Past

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger faces a tough decision in the next few months as he ponders where his Arsenal future lies as the calls grow louder for him to depart the club that has been his life for the past twenty years.

Former Arsenal legend and RTE  pundit, Liam Brady has spoken out on the matter and warned the Gunner’s ‘Be careful what you wish for.’

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - APRIL 8:  Ireland assistant coach Liam Brady attends the Republic of Ireland football press conference at the FAI headquarters on April 8, 2008 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

Speaking on Eamon Dunphy’s The Stand podcast as reported in the Irish Independent  the former Republic of Ireland International said:

“I think Arsene Wenger is in a position himself where he has to reflect on what he wants to do and I’m sure he’s doing to do that over the next few weeks.”

“Some serious discussions are going to have to go on between Arsene and the principal owner Stan Kroenke and they’ve got to work it out between them whether Arsene is going to go on managing this club.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty around the club. There’s a lot of the fanbase would be unhappy to see Arsene Wenger in charge next year.

“But then, are clubs always going to listen to what the fans want to say?

“If you asked every fan to pick a team they’d probably pick a different team, each and every one of them. They all have their own views, but Arsene Wenger, I think, is proven at running this club.”

Wenger’s contract is due to expire this summer with reports that an offer to stay on for a further two years is on the table and now it is up to the Frenchman to decide if he feels he can carry on in the role.

Arsenal fans are upset with numerous issues regarding Wenger.  His lack of title success being a major one, the 67-year-old has not delivered a Premier League triumph to the club since 2004 and Leicester City’s victory last season on a much smaller budget has further increased the pressure on Wenger.

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Arsenal have only competed in one Champions League final during Wenger’s reign in charge, losing to Barcelona in the 2006 showpiece. Despite this, Arsenal, along with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the only three sides to have competed in the Champions League for each of the past 20 years, no mean feat by the Arsenal boss on a tight budget compared to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

Despite this the majority of Arsenal fans want the league’s longest-serving manager to walk away before the good work he has done is further tarnished.

Although Brady does stop short of backing his former boss, he does feel Wenger has been harshly treated.

“He’s a victim of his own success really. As he said in the press conference the other day, Arsenal had no European pedigree until he came to the club and we didn’t really.

“Lots of fans have been brought up on the team he created. (Patrick) Vieira and (Emmanuel) Petit and they are craving those days again, but it’s easier said than done. Be careful what you wish for.

“We competed maybe twice in the old European Cup, once under George Graham and once under Bertie Mee.

“You have to look at the financial clout of the clubs he’s competing against. In those (early) days, he wasn’t competing against a Chelsea with (Roman) Abramovich or a Man City with Abu Dhabi money. Even Tottenham were a poor shadow of what they are now. Liverpool have invested a lot of money. Man United are a money machine.

“To keep the team consistently in the last 10 years in the top four, without having the money to spend… I know he’s spent money, but nothing compared to the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Man United have been able to afford, I think you have to take all that into consideration.

“Arsenal’s business plan is not going into debt. Manchester City and Chelsea there is no debt. It’s just benefactors. You’re being bankrolled by a county and you’re being bankrolled by an oligarch.”

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