Ray Parlour says that Arsene Wenger has earned the right to leave when he pleases and should not be forced out owing to demonstrations by supporter groups who are after him following his failure to win the title yet again this season. However, the former Arsenal man believes that the next season could well be his last, with his contract set to expire in 2017.
The Gunners were top of the league in January but failed to capitalise on the relative ineptitude of the other teams in the big four, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all struggling to rise to the occasion. Leicester City and Tottenham were the most consistent in what has been an extremely unpredictable season thus far.
There have been massive protests against Wenger over his failure to deliver the title in more than12 years. However, Parlour believes that Wenger will stay another season at the very least as there are no like for like replacements available in the market at the moment and the Gunners need a real plan before putting an end to the reign of one of their most successful managers in history.
"I don't think he'll leave, I think he'll be there next season," said Parlour, as quoted by the ESPN. "It's a situation where Wenger will decide when he leaves, and he's been there so long he probably deserves that. But it might be his last season next year, at the end of his contract. At the moment it's going to be difficult for the board to get rid of Arsene.
"You always worry about which manager comes in next. Who would you have? Jurgen Klopp's gone to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Man City. There isn't a huge amount of managers out there.
"It's a big decision they've got to make. If you're going to sack a manager you've got to have a plan. And if they don't have a plan then they've got to keep him."