Arsene Wenger might be tipped ‘over the edge’ by Bayern loss – Bob Wilson
Bob Wilson fears Arsenal’s 5-1 Champions League thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich might prove to be the final straw for manager Arsene Wenger.
Wenger has seen his position as Arsenal boss come under fresh scrutiny in recent weeks after back-to-back Premier League defeats to Watford and Chelsea damaged his side’s title hopes.
Wednesday’s humiliation at the Allianz Arena now leaves them set to exit the Champions League at the round-of-16 stage for a seventh consecutive season.
“The big question now is, is this going to tip Arsene over the edge?” Wilson, who played more than 200 games for Arsenal and was goalkeeping coach under Wenger before retiring in 2003, told BBC Radio 5 Live. “He’s a hugely intelligent man; he can only take so much. He lives for the club, totally dedicated, very hurt when things go wrong.
“But as everybody knows and everybody sees now, his longevity in the job, 20 years, seems to be a little bit like a millstone round his neck when things go wrong.
“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Arsene, given the amount of headlines that are coming his way, might just look at that and say enough is enough. I think as a human being you can only take so much.”
Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and Wilson added that rival managers have now caught up with the Frenchman’s methods.
“He’s a very sensitive guy, and I was there when he arrived, saw that there was something different,” Wilson said. “But…