Soccer observers point that the EPL side, Arsenal FC should prepare for the major changes and restructuring to restore former glories as they pay the price for mishandling the departure of Arsene Wenger who left the club in 2018.
Former executives at the club and colleagues of Wenger argue that Arsenal’s current woes stem from rushed decision to end the legendary manager’s time at the club and the failure to include him in succession planning.
Those who worked closely with Wenger have observed that his exit gave a clearer picture of the deep hurt felt by the french tactician.
Wenger felt frustrated by the Arsenal board when he also had to endure anguish because of the bitterness from the protesting fans in his final years.
The veteran coach felt badly let down that he will never go back, even to watch a game, under the current management but others still feel he will return to the Emirates as guest amid media speculations that the club is trying to convince him to come back for a tribute they are organizing.
The English club has been accused of using his knowledge by bringing him on to the board of directors.
Arsenal is taking on Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday[today] after thrashing Rapid Wien 4-1 in a Europa league game on Thursday but after poor streak in EPL.
The path back to being among top four clubs looked achievable under Wenger is expected to take time under the current Coach Mikel Arteta’s who has won the FA Cup against Chelsea and the Community Shield against Liverpool.
Figures calculated by Arsenal Supporters’ Trust show that the club could lose £158 million this season.
That means it will clearly be difficult for Arteta’s to rebuild in the transfer market unless owner Stan Kroenke continues to release credit and funds for signings, as they did with their recent signings of Nicolas Pepe and Thomas Partey.