Thursday, September 29, 2022

Renowned Pundit Wants Burnley Man To Replace Arsene Wenger: An Option Arsenal Should Consider?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Arsenal have won their last two matches in the Premier League to revive their season to some extent and are looking forward to making amends for the mistakes committed earlier this season, which denied them from gaining the early advantage this term.

There has been a lot of criticism about the style of team management under their legendary gaffer Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners have faltered against their big-name rivals so far this term. They went on to face an embarrassing 4-0 loss at the hands of their top four rivals, Liverpool. They also ended their crucial match in a lacklustre draw against reigning champions Chelsea despite being the better team on the day.

The wily Frenchman has been the longest serving gaffer in history for the North London club and that is for a reason. He has also been the most successful manager in the history of Arsenal and has led his team to a number of accolades in the past, including the incredible feat of winning the prestigious FA Cup for a record 13 times.

However, his ways have ceased to bring success to the side, both in the Premier League as well as the Champions League, which has built up the anger of the Arsenal fanbase. Given the staleness that is building up in the club which culminated in the Gunners finishing outside the top four for the first time since 1998, it was perhaps not the greatest idea for the club hierarchy to offer Mon. Wenger a new 2-year contract.

A number of experts criticised the decision to hand the 67-year-old Frenchman another two years in charge of the North London club, given his deteriorating success rate in the Premier League. One of them, former Arsenal great Ian Wright, has come up in support of having someone like Sean Dyche to replace Wenger in the next term.

The Englishman, who is currently in charge of the Premier League side Burnley, has helped his players play as a cohesive unit this term so far and has turned the team into a formidable one, capable of taking on big-name clubs head on. This has enabled Burnley to grind out respectable results out of their recent fixtures.

Dyche’s tactics have spoken for themselves so far this season, as he led his side to wins against teams like Chelsea and Everton. He also inspired his boys to fight their hearts out against relentlessly attacking sides like Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur so as to scrape out draws from those encounters. But is he eligible enough to take on the responsibility to manage a team of Arsenal’s stature in the future? Meh, not in a million years. Yes, Wenger probably has outstayed his welcome but it would be better for everyone involved if a manager of the stature of Carlo Ancelotti comes in.

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