If we can drop the wild speculation for a moment, I think at this juncture this thread is really telling us is the AW has got himself into a no win situation and now whatever he comes out with, he’ll invariably get roasted by large sections of the fan-base and media. If that alone isn’t a sign that his time is drawing to an end then I don’t know what is.
We can make all the excuses under the sun but as much as I never wanted to see things end like this for him, there’s been a glaring inevitably looming over his future (/demise) for the last few years which could only ever be avoided with drastic change; a shift in Wenger’s approach, of a shift in Wenger.
Perhaps we can blame the upper echelons of the club to a degree but Arsene’s had numerous chances to leave with a shred of dignity and passed on it every time; thinking he can pull us from the flames. If his hands were/ are truly tied, why would he put himself through that again and again?
I think that most fans now accept that he won’t ever change and that there’s a huge difference between ‘Wenger Land’ and reality. For me it’s difficult to imagine what he’d have to do to win back the level of support he once enjoyed (bar winning the league of course, but let’s face it, only he thinks we can realistically do that).
Please prove me wrong Arsene- I’ve been hoping and waiting for that for a good few years.
That’s how he gets you.