After yesterday’s embarrassing defeat by Bayern Munich, the long time Arsenal football club manager, Arsene Wenger has reached his point of finally departing from the club by the end of season.
Wenger is Arsenal’s longest serving and most successful manager but, after 20 years in the job, the repeated recent failure to challenge either in the Premier League or Champions League has made a change increasingly likely when his contract ends in June.
Arsenal have already made contingency plans for when Wenger does depart but that has not as yet involved directly approaching any other managers. Final decisions are also still unlikely to be taken until later in the season.
Both Wenger and the club had hoped to continue their partnership but there was always a clear feeling that it must be validated by on-field progress and not sentiment for past achievements.
Arsenal are currently 10 points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League and play Sutton United on Monday night in the FA Cup fifth round. Wenger himself admitted that his team “collapsed” during a torrid second-half against Bayern which he summed as a nightmare.”