With constant speculation surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future, Europa League success would be the perfect parting gift to sign off his illustrious career.
After their 6-3 win on aggregate against CSKA Moscow on Thursday night allowing them to progress to the semi finals, there is a belief which is gathering amongst Gunners that their team can go all the way in the Europa League.
This sense of optimism has been extremely uncommon this season; 6th in the Premier League, 13 points of top four and dwindling attendances at the Emirates has meant that the Wenger has been under more pressure than he has ever faced during his 21 years at the club.
In the media, there are strong rumours of unrest within the dressing room and notable managers such as Massimiliano Allegri on standby, ready to succeed the Frenchmen.
The fact of the matter is, Arsenal’s power within the English League is slipping. A far cry from the “invincible” team of yesteryear, the current squad fall off almost instantly in their challenge for the title. At this present time, Europa League glory is their one and only hope of salvaging their season and perhaps, Arsene Wenger’s legacy of recent years.
By achieving Europa League success it will give the players, who have seemed in turmoil for the best part of a season, a much needed confidence boost. More importantly, the fans who have suffered deeply, will have some sense of faith restored back into the team they have loyally supported.
When you walk inside the Emirates, there is a feeling of staleness. The fans and the club as a whole are in dire need of a change; fresh faces and new energy needs to breathed into the club.
Therefore, through Europa League joy and leaving on his terms, Arsene Wenger can still leave a lasting impact on the club for the better, providing he walks away at the end of the season.
A man who has achieved undeniable success and brought an array of silverware to the red half of North London deserves one last great night. Can and should the Europa League be Wenger’s last hurrah?