Pundit Robbie Savage, who has often refrained from calling for the departure of Arsene Wenger, has suddenly changed his mind following the closing of the summer transfer window.
The Arsenal manager saw his side go from being Chelsea’s main challengers for the Premier League title last season to finishing outside the top four for the first time in two decades after a dramatic collapse in the second half of the campaign.
Despite the turmoil at the club, Wenger opted to sign a new two-year contract at the Emirates stadium after the FA Cup final victory in May.
However, Robbie Savage now believes that was the wrong decision, considering how the Gunners are heading in the wrong direction so far in the new season.
“A couple of games into the season, I berated a fan who called Six-0-Six to demand Arsene Wenger’s sacking and I threatened to cut off anyone else who rang up spouting ‘Wenger Out’ vitriol.” Savage wrote in a column for the Mirror
“Although I’m almost ashamed to admit it, I fear nothing is going to change at the Emirates while he remains the manager.
“And I hate myself for saying this, but I really think it has reached the point where Wenger has to go.”
According to Savage, the Frenchman’s decision making in Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool has proven his time is now up.
“I was under the impression that he only stayed after promising strategic changes – but the atrocious display at Anfield suggested he is only going to deliver more of the same.” he added
“At Anfield, he left the club’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette on the bench – why? Surely that’s not what the player signed up for.”