Arsenal bowed out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening with Arsene Wenger’s men eventually losing 6-3 on aggeragate to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Lionel Messi proved the match winner for Barca, scoring 4 times for the Catalan club to send Pep Guardiola’s men to the semi-final’s and leave Arsenal with just one more chance of silverware in the form of the Premier League.
With the injuries to Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas and Andrei Arshavin, many, including myself, think Arsenal’s chances of winning anything this season have now gone. They are only 3 points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table, however with only 5 games to play, it seems unlikely they can make up that gap.
So where does this leave Arsene Wenger?
Well, if Arsenal fail to lift the title this season, that would make it an incredible 5 years since the Gunners have lifted a trophy and to be perfectly honest, that is far too long for such a massive club.
Many Arsenal fans believe the lack of serious investment is the reason for the club’s lack of silverware over the last half dozen years and to be fair, that is probably right. Not enough money has been spent on top quality players and I think the failure to add real quality to the squad has been the downfall of Arsenal.
If you look at the club’s around them, ie, Manchester United and Chelsea. They are not afraid to cough up big sums for big players from time to time and that is one reason why Arsenal are still a little bit behind them.
Wenger has previously been linked with moves away from the Emirates, with a switch to Real Madrid being mooted on several occassions. With the current situation at the Bernabeu regarding Manuel Pellegrini’s position, I wouldn’t rule out the possibilty of Wenger taking the hot seat at Real sometime this summer.
Although the Arsenal squad is still quite young, perhaps there is a part of Wenger that thinks he can’t take this bunch of players any further.