I'm sorry but Wenger is incredible and to suggest his tenure has run its course is ludicrous. NO, and I repeat, NO other manager on this other could have put this team in the position they're in now, with a brand new, beautiful stadium, stable finances and a team that is capable of challenging for both the league title and the Champions League.
This team had to be built from nothing, and Wenger has managed to incredible perfection. We are now in a situation where we have a very young, but very mature team, with a good balance of strength, techincaly ability and determination to do well for this team.
The club is oozes class, and although we may not be tasting success at this very moment, there are plenty of trophies to come over the next 20 years, and its because of one man, Arsene Wenger.
I agree with everything -Jk- says here. We are a class club with a brand-new stadium, a squad with many excellent players and even more very promising ones (there are some that need to replaced as well, let's be clear about that) and, I would put a lot of weight on this, financially we are in a very good position as well.
Is there any other manager out there that would do better at Arsenal? Look at the two clubs better than us in the Premier League, Man Utd and Chelsea. Ferguson is a brilliant manager as well, but guys like him and Wenger are absolute rarities, they don't knock on your door and ask for a job. Besides that, financially Man Utd are in absolute shambles. Yes, they have hammered us most of the times we met them, but I would never, ever want to be in their position. Some of the guys of the Green and Gold
-movement may actually agree that it's us being in an enviable position and not them. The other team that seems to be clearly better than us is Chelsea. Ancelotti is a very good manager as well. He is not in the Ferguson/Wenger class for me, but still. However, if he doesn't please the owner of the club, he gets the sack, simple as that. The club is owned by one man, who has come onto the scene a couple of years ago and is now deciding the fate of Chelsea FC. Again, I don't want to trade their success with the situation they are in, not for one second. There are two clubs in England better than us, both have very good managers as well, but I don't envy one of them.
Across Europe there are a couple of more teams I wouldn't fancy us against. I don't know them good enough to know whether I really envy them for their success. Barcelona, yes, but they are one of a kind, they make every other team in the world look pale. Real Madrid? No thanks, I prefer my club to live within it's means and pursuit a relatively conservative financial policy.
It is indeed time to win something for Wenger, he has said it himself at the beginning of the season. "No excuses, the team should be ready and deliver now." But I can wait five more years without trophies without questioning the model/policy Wenger has employed. Tubzinho has mentioned the dichotomy of trophies vs. nice football and doing things right, and should this dichotomy really exist I'll take the latter any time of the day. It doesn't exist though, I believe you can win things with nice football and doing things right. Maybe we have to be more patient than others, then so be it. Give me Wenger (or, to be more clear, the sustainable policy he pursuits) over trophies anytime.
It's a blessing to have a manager like him, five trophyless years or not.