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Why Arsene Wenger deserves a second chance at Arsenal

Saturday 13th May 2017
There's been so much talk about the future of Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger. While many expect him to walk away at the end of the current campaign, the highly intricate Frenchman has opted to keep his cards close to his chest.

Managing in a top league like the Premier League requires more than just a requisite tactical mastery or wealth of experience as its pre-requisite. It goes beyond knowledge of the country, it's people and the language. Instead, it seeks to test the capacity of managers in an increasingly more complex and volatile working environment.

Supporting this notion are stats unearthed by Sky Sports which revealed the average tenure of managers in the professional game in England as 1.23 years. No wonder 48 coaches has already received the axe this season - with six of those from the Premier League.

Yet Arsene Wenger somehow continues to buck that trend, clinging onto his job since 1996. But for the first time ever, the Frenchman is under immense pressure from all and sundry - so terrible that he could be pressured into quitting in the summer. However, the ex-Monaco coach may likely survive his latest travails, like a cat with nine lives, to carry on beyond this season.

Making a case for Wenger

Of a truth, Arsenal has stagnated in the last decade. Mediocrity, obscurity, and persistent collapse have become the other of the day. None other than Wenger himself deserves the stick for the club's pitiful ordeal. His tactical rigidity, archaic methods and apparent inability to see beyond the end of his nose has cost the Gunners dearly.

But it now appears the self-acclaimed walking encyclopaedia has pricked up his ears, adjusting to trends for the first time ever, in a bid to save his job. Like a left-hander slowly learning to use his right at old age, the tactician has been forced to relinquish his own philosophy for the good of the club. And this singular act has significantly restored some form of belief, enthusiasm and confidence back at the Emirates.

Prior to adopting his new 3-4-3 formation, Wenger's team were on a turbulent run of just two league victories in seven. The Gunners were rapidly losing grip on their rivals with a top-four finish looking like a back-breaking task. It was unacceptable for the fans who had watched helplessly as Bayern Munich once again thwarted their European dreams.

It wasn't an easy decision for Wenger who admitted after the victory over Middlesbrough that “the first time in 20 years, that shows you that even at my age you can change! But sometimes when a team lacks confidence, just to add something new to believe helps to focus."

However, since the introduction of the system, Arsenal have had an extraordinary change in fortune. The Gunners are more solid at the back and even more deadly in attack. They've rapidly evolved from the bullied into the bully; winning five of their last six games while keeping three clean sheets in the process. Perhaps the perception of many supporters about the Frenchman might change should they keep up with the momentum to finish in the top-four and beat Chelsea to the FA Cup.

Arsene Wenger without any doubt has failed the club, but his boldness to adopt learn new tricks might just have bought him a little more time at the Emirates.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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