Rest In Peace- Arsenal (1996-2018)

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It may not be officially over but Arsenal are limping along on life support while coaches like Pep Guardiola demonstrate what’s required at this level.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will exist – officially – at least until the end of this season. But there’s no life there.

It’s gone; all over. Anyone can see that now. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came in January but they are CPR signings.

There’s no plan for them. Under this man, this club is limping along on life support. Please, someone, come in June and have enough humanity to pull the plug and let it die. Then the club can rise again.

People like Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat and Huss Fahmy were originally brought to the club to ease the transition from the Wengerian times to the post-Wengerian times. But it’s too late.

It’s no longer a transition. It’ll have to be a reincarnation; a ‘phoenix from the flames’ job. The great irony, though, is that Wenger deserves all of the credit for modern Arsenal but – perversely – all of the blame.

It was Wenger who delivered the trophies, the stadium, Henry, the invincibility, the history. But it was Wenger who oversaw this inexcusable decline.

Arsenal now: a total laughing stock. Opposition fans chant that they want Wenger to stay. Is there a sadder indictment on one of the most transformative figures English football has ever known?

Arsenal couldn’t lay a glove on City here. For the first time ever, they conceded three first-half Premier League goals. City, under Pep Guardiola, ruthlessly demonstrated what the expected standards of a top team should be.

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