Merci Arsène: Arsène Wenger announces he will step down as Arsenal manager after 22 years.

  • The Premier League’s longest-serving manager will leave at the end of the season.

 

  • A three-time Premier League winning manager and a Champions League finalist.

 

  • An opportunity to leave on a high with Arsenal still in the Europa League Semi-final.

 

Why it matters?

After Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United back in 2013, Wenger was left. Both were amongst the best coaches in the world as well as sporting icons. Wenger has dedicated 22 years to Arsenal football club but has in recently divided supporters over his recent contributions. Should he leave, or should he stay? It is as if he is a father figure to some fans, they know it is probably right for the future that he leaves, but in a lot of cases they want to stay loyal. They’ve grown up watching help develop their club. People almost have a love for the man without actually physically knowing him. It highlights the influence football has in this generation. Wenger is a man who has had a massive impact on football. He was prepared to field players from different, ethnicities, backgrounds and such like. At that time back in the 90’s that was unusual.

 

Mohamed Salah wins PFA Player of the Year

  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins PFA Player of the Year after receiving most votes from his fellow professionals.

 

  • The current top scorer in the race for the Premier League golden boot with 31 goals (one away from the outright most goals in a 38-game season).

 

  • First Egyptian to win the accolade.

 

Why it matters?

The reason this topic is so important is due to the incredible manner in which it has come about. At the beginning of the season when Mohamed Salah signed for Liverpool. People were questioning the transfer fee of around £34,000,000 due to his bad spell at Chelsea. However, his critics have certainly been brushed away and it is now rumoured that Liverpool has told Real Madrid that not even £200,000,000 would tempt them to sell their main man. In a remarkable season, the Egyptian has broken several records and scored several goals. It really has been an extraordinary rise to prominence for Salah in the world of football. Remarkably, the forward gained over one million votes for an election he was even involved in! Not to mention the fact he is now joint-favourite for the Ballon D’or (a prize awarded to the best footballer in the world at the time). An award that no one other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has won since Kaka way back in 2007.