By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Alan Smith has revealed his doubts about whether Arsene Wenger is able to improve Arsenal.
The Gunner strolled to a 2-0 win over West Brom on Thursday night to reclaim third place in the Premier League.
The victory strengthens the team’s chances of an automatic qualification place in next season’s Champions League but Arsenal will end the season without any silverware after slipping too far behind Leicester and Tottenham in the title race.
Former Arsenal striker Smith understands the growing frustration among supporters about whether Wenger is capable of coaxing more from a squad that is perceived to have underachieved again this season.
“I think he is on record as saying if he felt he couldn’t improve the team, he would walk away and wouldn’t be the man for the job,” Smith told Sky Sports 1 after Arsenal’s win over West Brom. “Can he improve this team? I have got my doubts and a lot of other people have.
“I played for George Graham for eight years and by the end of that period we had heard all his rollockings, his team talks and everything, and it does get a bit stale.
“Twenty years, he’s done incredibly well to last that long. Will there be excitement and optimism in the stand at the first kick-off next season given the situation with the other clubs and new managers?”
Manchester City have already appointed Pep Guardiola to take charge next season, while Antonio Conte is the new Chelsea manager.
With Jose Mourinho strongly tipped to take the Manchester United helm and Jurgen Klopp establishing himself at Liverpool, there will be far more optimism among supporters of rival clubs.
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