By Danny Wright
Jamie Carragher believes that the time has come for Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal after 21 years at the club.
However, talking in his column in the Daily Mail, the former Liverpool defender added that although Wenger is at fault for the club’s shortcomings, he is not the only one to blame.
The Arsenal board and the players are also responsible according to Carragher and they must share the burden with their enduring manager.
“Things cannot stay as they are, whether it is for Wenger, the team or their supporters,” Carragher said in the Daily Mail.
“I’m not an Arsenal fan but a lot of the criticism comes from the fact the club have allowed a culture to develop where they accept they are second best,” he added.
“Whatever shortcomings you believe the Frenchman has, the board have been more culpable. What they have done is a dereliction of duty to the club.
“But the board aren’t the only ones with shortcomings. You have to question Wenger for the character of his squad.”
Criticism of Wenger seems to be at an all time high following the Gunners’ massive 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
That loss means that it is almost inevitable that Arsenal will be knocked out of the Round of 16 stage of the Champions League for the seventh consecutive time.
Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes have also been derailed in recent weeks with losses to Watford and league leaders Chelsea forcing Wenger’s side to wait another year for a title – something they have been without since 2004.
Arsenal will continue their FA Cup campaign on Monday when they travel to Sutton United in a historic cup tie.
Sutton are the lowest ranked team left in the competition and could prove a potential banana skin to the Premier League side.
In other Arsenal news, their midfield bowed down to Bayern superstar and Wenger had no plan B.