Calls for Arsene Wenger’s head from sections of the Arsenal faithful have a more resigned than hysterical tone.
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Despite fielding big-hitters, Wenger's charges were knocked out of the Capital One Cup quarter-finals by Bradford City from the fourth tier of English football.
In bygone years, the Professor would experiment with kids as his starting eleven grappled with winning the Premier League. But it's no surprise Cazorla, Wilshere and Co appear now. This was a clear opportunity to land silverware to end an eight year drought.
But there've been darker moments in the barren years since winning the FA Cup. This might indeed be the Gunners' worst start to a Premier League season but last year was pretty ordinary too. At one point, they had a -15 goal difference having lost 8-2 at Manchester United and 4-3 at Blackburn. The bookies quoted shorter odds for relegation than winning the title. But in the end, Arsenal finished third above Spurs and European Champions, Chelsea.
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So Bradford taunts at Wenger of “you'll be sacked in the morning” won’t be vindicated. Wenger's web of influence and planning is too thick at the Emirates. It's no exaggeration to describe him as a director of the club.
murmurs from Arsenal fan groups like the Black Scarf Movement that Wenger carries out the will of the ownership with scant regard to the supporters, to defend his multi-million pound salary.
But I’ll stick a caveat in here. He isn't unsackable. The Alsatian won’t be retired at least while the Gunners are still in the Champions League and the FA Cup.
After the heady days of the nineties and noughties, winning the Premier League is a step too far but as long as Wenger’s tussling for any silverware, he’ll remain fresh bread – not toast.