Wenger should go, Gunner ex-captain McLintock insists

Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger (2nd L) is sent to the stands by English referee Jonathan Moss (L) as fourth official Anthony Taylor (R) looks on during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 22, 2017.<br />Arsenal won the game 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON /

Former Arsenal captain Frank McLintock believes it is time for Arsene Wenger to step down and questions whether the Gunners will finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Wenger’s position is under intense scrutiny and the Frenchman stated in the wake of Wednesday’s 5-1 Champions League rout by Bayern Munich that he would make a decision on his future in March or April.

His contract expires at the end of the season and McLintock, who captained Arsenal during their double winning season of 1970-71, believes he must go.

“I think the decision is totally in his hands because he runs the show completely,” McLintock told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek. “He’s weighing it up at the moment and I think it would be better if he did leave.

“I hate saying things like that because I have complete admiration for Wenger. But I can see it turning a little bit nasty. We might struggle to finish in the top four this year.

“If that’s the case then Arsene would be very disappointed and might say enough is enough.” McLintock is unconvinced by the quality of Wenger’s recent signings.

“He’s bought four or five players over the last year or so – Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel Paulista, Granit Xhaka, Calum Chambers – and while they’re decent players they’re not the sort of players Arsenal should buy if they want to challenge for the European Cup,” he said.

“They’re good players but I wouldn’t put them any higher than that. Wenger did have a marvellous team but this team isn’t anywhere near that. They will struggle unless they sign better players.”

• Culled from Belfast Telegraph.com

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