Doing the same thing again and again but expecting a different result each time is the definition of insanity. It’s the situation Arsenal seem to have found themselves in.
Personally, I think Arsene Wenger should have left on the high coming off a decade of being trophy less with the FA cup win in 2014. And even the end of last season I might add.
Both occasions, Wenger retained his managerial position based on the belief that he was the right man to lead Arsenal back to competing for the game’s biggest prizes.
It was no surprise Arsenal went down 3-0 in the cup final to Man City, even the manner as to which they crumbled came as no surprise at all. Given that they had already lost five games in 2018, including defeats to the likes of Swansea, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Ostersunds FK.
The failure, once again in recent transfer windows to bring in both a physically commanding centre back or a bonafide holding midfielder is felt acutely on days like this.
Let’s not even begin to go into Skhodran Mustafi’s pathetic defending cor Sergio Aguero’s goal, or giving Gundogan so much freedom to turn Kevin De Bruyne’s corner into the box for Vincent Kompany to steer home.
But they signed Lacazette, Mikhitariyan and even Aubameyang you might say, oh, well and good, but borrowing James Olley’s analogy, it’s like buying state-of-the-art CCTV’s for the front of your house while choosing to leave the back door wide open and wondering how you were robbed.
With a 10-point gap to the top Four, and the potential for Europa League success undermined by the team’s complete loss of form, it raises the question of what happens now.
A second year without Champions league football would make the club even harder to sell to prospective signings.
The need for change has been apparent for some time now, but each defeat and poor performance hammers another nail into Wenger’s coffin.
The Arsenal board would do well to do right by the club. At the very latest, change has to come this summer.
Wenger would be rightly remembered with the fondness he deserves once the frustration burns away. But right now, he’s a manager with one foot out the door. And his players know it.