Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has “outstayed his welcome” and should leave the club, reports the Daily Star.
Hill-Wood, who stepped down as chairman in 2013, was the man who brought Wenger to Arsenal in 1996 and has been an apologist of the Frenchman in recent years. However, he believes the time has come for Wenger to part company.
“I clearly am not very happy about what is going on. I think that there probably ought to be a change of management. He has done fabulously well, it is just he has overstayed his welcome. I find it very sad because he was the great love of many and then (overstaying his welcome) has destroyed it all,” he said.
Arsenal are having one of their worst seasons under Wenger, currently sitting sixth in the Premier League table with 45 points from 28 games. The Gunners are 30 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
They missed out on Champions League football last season and look to have repeated history nearly 12 months later. Wenger still has nearly 18 months left on his Arsenal contract, but his position will reportedly be reviewed at the end of the season.
With the Londoners out of the FA Cup, having lost in the Carabao Cup final and facing AC Milan in the last-16 of the Europa League, the prospect of a trophyless season is real. Wenger would be leaving Arsenal in poor shape, after so much good work in the first-half of his tenure.