Arsenal Invincible Jens Lehmann believes Arsene Wenger still has the ‘intelligence and fire’ to lead the club forward.
The Frenchman has come under severe criticism this season and the humiliation last night to Bayern Munich in the Champions League added more fuel to the fire.
The Gunners are being laughed at around Europe after their embarrassing two-legged results to Bayern Munich, losing the tie 10-2 on aggregate. The result has left many fans, even those who support Wenger, wanting to see the 67-year-old, whose contract expires this summer, leave the club at the end of the season.
Several club legends have had their say on the matter but Lehmann is adamant that Wenger should stay, saying the Frenchman shouldn’t end his reign in such a negative way.
Quoted on talkSPORT.com, Lehmann said:
“I think he has to stay now, because he’s done so much for the club. People are talking about his age, if he still has something to give and if he can influence people and they want a new manager to come in to bring fresh air.
“But on the other hand, it’s very difficult to replace intelligence, and we all know he is a very intelligent man and manager and he’s still got the fire.
“With all he’s done for the club I think he deserves not to go on such a bad spell of results.
“He probably needs a bit more future with some new signings, and then next season could be a completely different situation.”
In the last 13 years, Wenger has only two FA Cup triumphs to his name and no Premier League titles, so Lehmann’s comments will not go down well with some of the Emirates faithful.
It would be sad to see Wenger leave on a such a bad note, but he has brought it on himself. The Frenchman had the opportunity to go out on a high at the end of the 2014-15 season when he won the FA Cup but decided to stay on. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out for him and some of the fans have had enough.