Same Old Arsenal as Biggest Week Falls Flat
The Gunners have had some time of it this last week, firstly Arsene Wenger announced he would step down come the end of the season and the fall out has rumbled on ever since.
Now it has transpired that the man who has been at the helm since 1996 was effectively sacked and the decision was not Wenger’s and while that may please some, for many, it is a sad way for the 68-year-old to end his spell in North London.
In the news that this summer will bring the biggest change to the Gunners in 22-years was the small matter of a European Semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
The game could not have started much better for the Gunners when Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko saw red in the tenth minute for two bookable offenses.
In the 61st minute, Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead and everything was going according to plan for Wenger.
But then, as has so often been the case, the wheels came off. Wasteful finishing always gave the visitors hope and in the 82nd minute, Antoine Griezmann punished Arsenal by leveling the tie but more importantly, a vital away goal.
Now, the Gunners must score at least once in 90 minutes at Atleti’s new Wanda Metropolitano, a stadium they are yet to be beaten at in La Liga.
However, Arsenal’s woes did not end there as a trip to Old Trafford on Sunday went much the same way as a majority of the season.
With the scores tied at 1-1, Arsene was set to take a decent point away from his last trip as Arsenal manager to the Theatre of Dreams.
But as ever, his nemesis Jose Mourinho had the last laugh as Marouane Fellaini headed home an injury-time winner.
An award from another former rival Sir Alex Ferguson will have done little to have eased the pain as Fellaini’s deft header hit home and not for the first time this season, Wenger was left knocked flat by a gut-busting punch when the story should have been so different.
The week has all but defined Wenger’s last few years in charge and although there will be plenty of emotion and time for reflection come the end of the season, one cannot help but think the time is right to finally say farewell.