The struggles that Manchester United faced after parting ways with long-serving manager Alex Ferguson will not be felt by Arsenal should Arsene Wenger decide to leave, according to Jamie Carragher.
In his regular column for the Daily Mail, Carragher outlined why he felt the two situations were entirely different, raising interesting points regarding how the Arsenal job is a far more attractive one than the United hot-seat when Fergie decided to call it a day.
The idea that Arsenal fans should look at what happened to Manchester United and reconsider their stance if they want Wenger out is something that has been suggested by many media members and fans alike, but Carragher outlined why they are very, very different situations.
Those who continue to support Wenger argue that fans should be careful what they wish for, using the example of Ferguson. There is, however, a huge difference. Ferguson left Manchester United as champions. Wenger won’t do that and that is why it makes Arsenal such an attractive proposition.
Will the house come tumbling down without Wenger? No. They won before he arrived and they will win again in the future. What a job this will be for someone with new ideas, with the prime location of London, the finances that make them one of the world’s richest clubs and the stadium.
This is not a club in need of major surgery. It is one screaming out for new ideas. And it should not matter that all the big names – Guardiola, Mourinho, Klopp and Conte – are elsewhere. The last time Arsenal wanted a revolution, they appointed some fella from Japan called ‘Arsene Who’.
And he, we should not forget, became a legend.
Carragher again hit the nail on the head when he described how he felt for Wenger following the Bayern thrashing, and as his feelings of pity were certainly not unique he outlined why that is a bad sign for the legendary French manager.
As I watched Bayern Munich rip Arsenal to shreds on Wednesday, I felt sorry for him. Critics will ask why when he has a bumper salary to fall back on but feeling sorry for him, more than anything, is a sign when change is needed. Nobody in football wants to receive sympathy.
When pity becomes the dominant emotion, it shows your threat has disappeared.
Also suggested by the former Liverpool man was that the club's board and owners should face more criticism for allowing Wenger to reach a stage where he is the one who decides when it is time to go, and thus creating a culture in which the players appear to have accepted that they are second best.
Carragher's column rarely disappoints and you can read it in full over on DailyMail.co.uk.