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Collymore: Wenger should have gone ten years ago


IN HIS latest BoyleSports blog, Stan Collymore believes that Arsene Wenger’s time as Arsenal manager is gone past its sell by date.

Former Premier League star Collymore said: “In a football world which tries to reinvent systems, roles for players and tactics, he committed arguably the biggest football crime a manager can commit.

"He left out his best player, and not only his best player but one who is usually at the heart of the very best that Arsenal can offer. That for me proves finally, conclusively (if any proof was needed after the Bayern result and Arsenal being the worst out of the top five or six teams for taking points off each other) that Wenger no longer knows what to do for the best of his team and his club. His inbuilt managerial radar, the radar of the winner has finally switched off.”

The former Liverpool player also says that there are no more excuses for Wenger. “It’s an emotional attachment we all have with this guy, because in a day and age where there are charlatans, extremely rude and uncouth managers who’d rob your Granny given half a chance, Wenger reminds us of managers of yesteryear who show loyalty, humour, kindness and statesmanship. That ladies and gentlemen, is the only reason he’s keeping his job.”

Collymore also says that in reality Wenger should have gone ten years ago. “Arsenal should have cut the umbilical cord between wise old sage and fan. They should have gone through their transitional period and now, in 2017, should have had at least a couple of Premier League titles in the bag with maybe a tactically savvy manager who could have had them in a Champions League Final or better, with a couple of cups on top.”

“I’ll always love the guy because in brief personal exchanges he’s always been accommodating, warm and funny, but football these days isn’t about sentiment, it’s about winning, and Arsene is no longer a winner. As the old saying goes, adapt or die.”

Read Stan Collymore latest blog here -

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