Some Arsenal fans called it #bannergate. Others felt it was just embarrassing to see and wanted to forget about it as soon as possible. So do the majority of Arsenal fans really want to see manager Arsene Wenger gone? I recently conducted a survey of 100 Arsenal fans to see if their views matched those who want Wenger gone. These fans were spread from across the globe as Arsenal have many more ‘foreign Gooners’ than ‘English Gooners’ these days.
1. Do you believe that Arsene Wenger is the right manager for Arsenal?
65% of respondents feel that Arsene Wenger is still the right man for the Arsenal job. This suggests that they see some improvement coming soon for the club. Hopefully, as all Arsenal fans want, the club can get back to the glory days of Wenger’s tenure and win trophies on a regular basis.
2. If Arsenal were to win the Premier League or Champions League in the 14/15 season, would you want him to be manager for the 15/16 season?
There was 8 additional fans who feel Wenger winning a major trophy would change their opinion on his position as manager, for a total of 73% votes of yes.
I find the 27% no vote astonishing, as it suggests the team could go almost undefeated for the rest of the 2014/15 season and those fans would still want him gone. Do they want the best for the club or is their agenda just to get rid of him no matter what?
3. If Arsenal were to strengthen in January but not win any trophies this season, would this have any impact on your decision?
For this question, 84% of respondents stated no it wouldn’t have any impact on their decision. This is more reasonable as there needs to come a time where a line is drawn in the sand. Whether that’s now or not, the majority of respondents said that he should have more time and extend his tenure as the manager of Arsenal Football Club.
Hopefully Arsenal can strengthen in the January transfer window and beyond, which will see trophies coming to the Emirates Stadium in the near and extended future.
4. Who do you believe should be Arsenal’s manager for the 15/16 season?
This is the most interesting question as those in the #WengerOut category get to suggest possible replacements. As stated above 65% of the respondents still want Arsene to lead the club into the future. But who else was mentioned?
10% of the fans surveyed felt that Jurgen Klopp is the right man to lead Arsenal for the 15/16 season. As Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund currently sit in 18th in the Bundesliga, this could be a possibility for Wenger isn’t in charge.
The next highest answer with 8% was current Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola. Whilst this would be nice to see, it surely isn’t reasonable to envisage Guardiola managing Arsenal next season. At this stage, is it possible or dilusional to think Guardiola could manage Arsenal at some point? Time will tell.
Further responses were Diego Simeone with 6% of fans wanting him as their first choice and a further 5% wanting current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. Others included Dennis Bergkamp 3%, Roberto Martinez 2% and Dragan Stojkovic with 1%.
5. What happens if the new manager comes in and doesn’t get us into Champions League football, let alone win titles? Is that a risk you’re willing to take?
For this question, the split was 56%-44% for fans who don’t believe it’s worth the risk to get rid of Arsene Wenger currently. This just demonstrates the closeness for many fans and what they believe is the best way forward for the club. Hopefully fans who want Arsene, Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or anyone else will get behind the club and support the team no matter what.
This survey was conducted through the surveying of 100 random Arsenal fans. This doesn’t mean that this is the entire Arsenal fans’ thoughts. With 100 people being surveyed, hopefully it is relatively accurate.