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Eight months have passed since I wrote an article for this website entitled The Professor in the Boardroom with the Chequebook, in which I asked whether Arsene Wenger was leading Arsenal through a period of stagnation or evolution. As an incredible campaign reaches its conclusion – a season where the club led the Premier League for longer than City, Liverpool and Chelsea, only to fall away in the spring – it appears the answer to the question depends exclusively on the outcome of Saturdays FA Cup final against Hull.

The English game’s showpiece occasion now represents Arsenals most important match since the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona and the result will certainly influence the direction, not to mention the mood of the club for the next four or five years.

Make no mistake, May 17th will be a landmark day in Arsenal Football Club history, for better or worse. But you know that already.

With the Premier League drawing to a close it is time to consider the end of season awards.

Player of the year

Player of the season should be between Mertesacker and Koscielny. There’s not much difference between them but for me it has to go to Per Mertesacker.  He has been ever present and contributed to the great defensive work Arsenal have done this year.

Mertesacker scored the crucial goal in the FA cup semi-final atoning for his error when conceding the penalty. Furthermore, he has become a real leader and has the potential to become a legend at this football club.

As the season draws to a close, people are naturally looking back over the past 9 months. Consequently, many online articles are being published about the “Premier League’s Top 10 Flops” and other utter nonsense created to generate hits. A worryingly high percentage of these lists featured Arsenal’s record signing, Mesut Ozil. They are not only wrong, but to a certain extent, this was always going to happen.

Background- Building him up

Deadline day 2013 had come, and Arsenal had only re-signed a player who had left the club in 2008 and signed an unknown injury-prone 20 year old. The summer had been filled by stories of the size of Arsenal’s “war chest”, which subsequently fuelled tabloid speculation linking Arsenal to every player under the sun, which only furthered Arsenal fans’ desperation for a big-name signing.

In the past year, it has not only been the Arsenal squad who have had an influential new addition to the ranks, in the form of Mesut Özil.

Like a new signing

Arsenal fans were delighted to announce the signing of an individual who would, in such a short space of time, become the motivational and reasonable representative of the faithful supporters.

Meet Robbie Lyle. Born in North West London, Robbie started Arsenal Fan TV midway through the 2012/2013 season, using the platform as an opportunity to give the loyal Gooners a voice on everything to do with the club.

With over 19 million views at the time of writing, the online channel continues to go leaps and bounds, with a website, twitter page and clothing brand all now fully developed.

It is now time for Wenger to go, not in disgrace but with our undiluted gratitude. No one excels in prison and he is now a prisoner of his own rhetoric, his own framework.

Victoria Concordia Crescit once bellowed from the terraces but today, that harmony is lost. Lost to imagery, frugality and well-timed statements designed to extract even the whistle from our pockets.

With five games to the end of a season that promised so much, it will shortly be time for evaluation future planning. That plan should not consult the architect of stagnation.

Legacy

Wenger has been a godsend. It has been due to the pain of adversity, Wright and Bergkamp that I've from 5000 miles away became an ordained Arsenal fan and it has been the Wenger doctrines upon which sermons have been based but alas, tenets and faith require sustenance.