Nothing gets Arsenal supporters blood boiling more than the issue of it’s ageing manager, Arsene Wenger, and, whether it’s time for him to go. So, let’s look at the facts, is it truly time for Wenger OUT:
- His win/loss ration(overall) is 57.32%, the next best(20 games or more), is –
- George Elcoat with 53.49%(season 1898-99)
Now, this season, his ratio this season is 58.69%(27 wins from 46). This ratio is above his average.
Last season(2015-16) his win ratio was 51.85%(28 wins from 54). This season has shown a significant improvement.
Last year, Arsenal won 20 from 38 games. this year the tally currently stands at 17 from 31.
So, why the discontent? Remember that Leicester won the title with 81 points from 38 games. The current leaders, Chelsea, have 75 from 32 games, a possible total tally of 93 points. Second place Tottenham have 71 from 32, a possible haul of 89, and, even fourth place Manchester City have 64 points from 32 matches, a possible haul of 82 points, all of these teams can surpass last year’s leaders tally.
This means that the competition this year is significantly stronger than last year, and does NOT mean that Arsenal have fared worse than last year.
Many fans will point to Arsenal’s extended losing streak, and there is no doubt that this should not have occurred. However, when you consider the context:
- stronger opposition
- better Arsenal year on year record
this losing streak, in context, is understandable. The players have experiened more mental pressure than last year from facing stronger opposition, and, despite periods of low confidence and poor results, have actually performed better than in previous terms.
So, the question of Wenger OUT?, should be taken in context. This year, Wenger’s managerial record is above not only last years, but, also above his long term achievements. The problem lies in the fact that Arsenal’s improvement this year has been eclipsed by the improvement shown by it’s rivals.
Wenger out? Be careful what we wish for!