Arsene Wenger came to Arsenal 21 years ago, unrecognised and unannounced. He is now one of the most successful managers the game has ever had. He revolutionised one of the most prestigious clubs in England and made a remarkable impact on football in the country.
When Arsene came to Arsenal in 1996, he knew what he wanted to do. He changed the diet of the players, changed the training and won over the players. An ageing defence was rejuvenated. He also brought with himself a knowledge of a previously untapped market – West African football.
Wenger was in love with English football and passionate about it, just like the people in England whom he admired for their enthusiasm for the game. He rebuffed offers from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to devote his career to Arsenal FC.
Under his regime, Arsenal have won three Premier League titles, six FA Cups and reached two European finals. Most of the players he recruited in their 20+ years: Robert Pires, Robin van Persie, Nicolas Anelka, Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and more recently Alexis Sanchez, have developed their game under Wenger’s guidance and have become household names. One of the most underrated achievements of Wenger’s regime at Arsenal is that he has kept the Gunners in the top-four and has brought Champions League football to Emirates Stadium consistently while he supervised a state-of-the-art training ground at London Colney. The very least he deserves is the chance to carry out one more team-rebuilding exercise.
Modern day football is harsh and especially for the managers who are always under pressure to deliver results. Sometimes football is more about the results that come week in, week out. Some managers become great, some don't but they all should be given a chance to make that happen. Arsene had that chance and earned his credibility. Recently he has come under pressure after his team won only 3 out of the last 9 games and is sixth in the Premier League table. He has given his professional life and sacrificed much of his personal life for Arsenal.
The club has meant everything to him and that is why he has earned the right to decide on his future. He wants to stay and naturally the board want him too. He should be given the chance to bow out with his head held high after all he has done for Arsenal.