Former Arsenal striker, and current club scout, Luis Boa Morte, has insisted that supporters should be careful about what they wish for.
Boa Morte, who is currently working in Portugal as a scout for the Gunners, has responded to increasing scrutiny from fans over Arsene Wenger’s future as manager.
With the French tactician coming under increasing pressure as it looks as though his side will miss out on the Premier League title this season, banners have been seen at games in recent weeks calling for a change in the summer.
However, Boa Morte has been keen to urge supporters to take note of what has happened at Old Trafford over the last two years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure before pushing for a change at the Emirates.
“I believe in the boss. For sure he is going to be there next season,” he told The Daily Mail. “Arsene Wenger created the philosophy we have at Arsenal. People can talk and protest but I don’t remember any other manager being an Invincible.
“Be careful what you wish for. Look at Manchester United after Ferguson left, who has been successful? Nobody. It is the same thing.
“We can see United’s results and where they are in the table. Things didn’t work out, not because David Moyes and Louis van Gaal are bad managers but Ferguson created a pattern, a way to play. They couldn’t make the team work the same way.
“Something happened for sure because they stopped winning and now they are struggling to finish in the top four.”
Former Gunners goalkeeper David Seaman echoed Boa Morte’s thoughts in his interview with The Daily Mirror, and ultimately the pair have a point.
Rather than get rid of Wenger this summer and attempt to rebuild without an obvious successor in line and ready to step in, the French tactician needs to be backed by the board and supporters but with a view that he will finally address the issues that have blighted him in recent years.
Whether that results in Arsenal spending significantly this summer remains to be seen, but investment will be key in improving the squad and that is an area where Wenger needs to be less stubborn and buy what he needs to take the club to the next level.
With Pep Guardiola arriving at Manchester City this summer and with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United following suit in making changes, it will only get tougher on Wenger next season having missed a big opportunity this time round as they sit 11 points adrift of top spot with eight games remaining.
The veteran tactician needs to think about a rebuild of sort, and only then will his detractors perhaps start to get behind him and understand that Boa Morte and Seaman are right about warning against following a dangerous unknown path without him at the helm.