Some numbers can be taken in two different ways – either praise for Arsenal for being so patient and stable, holding on to their manager while everything around him, including David Moyes and Alex Ferguson has changed jobs, or find a way to criticize Arsene Wenger once again for turning all the great work he’s done with the gunners during the first half of his reign into one big failure during the last eight seasons.
It was the 2005 FA Cup that is the shortest Arsenal fans can look back and see a winning side with a trophy in their hands. They’ve just beaten Manchester United in penalty kicks, and no one thought they’d go empty handed for the next eight seasons. They had the professor, the best groomer of talent in the world, Arsene Wenger. Alex Ferguson was with Manchester United; Jose Mourinho with Chelsea; Rafa Benitez with Liverpool; Martin Jol was the manager at Tottenham.
Everyone’s moved on since then. And not just in the big clubs. All other 91 clubs in the different English football leagues have changed their managers since 2005, most of them much more than once. And yet Arsene Wenger still stands. A financial success? For sure. But Arsenal have done little and less except qualify for the Champions League. After getting used to much more during his first decade with the club, the recent drought has been complicated to comprehend, let alone accept.
Stability and patience are something most football owners don’t have a lot of have. And still, after so many years of watching teams with money come up on top of them, someone at Arsenal must be thinking if this blind belief in Wenger is the right path to continue going on.