Stewart Robson thinks the Frenchman’s time has come if he doesn’t win a trophy in 2013/14.
Former Arsenal player Stewart Robson has admitted that manager Arsene Wenger should be sacked next season if he doesn’t win a trophy.
Another trophy-less campaign at the Emirates in 2012/13 was the eighth successive season for the North London club – their last piece of silverware coming in 2005 when they lifted the FA Cup.
Robson believes that the Gunners can’t continue in the same vein and Wenger should be given just one more year to turn things around – despite bringing so much success to the club after his appointment in 1996.
“Arsenal have kept their manager and kept continuity, but continuity of being just above average at the moment. That can’t be right,” the ex-midfielder told ESPN.
“So at some point Arsene Wenger has got to change or the club have got to change Arsene Wenger and this has to be the season.”
Wenger has never failed to achieve a top-four finish with Arsenal in his 17 years at the club and the north London side are third only to Manchester United and Real Madrid in number of Champions League appearances in that time.
Yet Robson doesn’t feel that just finishing fourth is good enough for the club and at some point they will have to compete with the sides around them in the transfer market.
The Gunners are praised for their financial security and have never spent over £20m on a new signing – unlike the high money rollers of rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and United.
However, they have also sold the majority of their key players in recent years, most notably Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and it now seems that with some people patience has finally run out with Wenger’s tactics.