It’s not even November yet but Arsenal fans may be forgiven for marking this season as transitional, with the Gunners struggling to prove themselves amongst their rivals in the Premier League and continuing to lack the consistency they need to move forward.
Defeats to Liverpool, Stoke City and, most recently, Watford have left the Gunners licking their wounds yet again and looking set for another season where they struggle to keep chase with the leaders, then settling for battling it out for a top four finish.
Whilst the decision to hand Arsene Wenger a new contract in the summer was understandable, as there is a significant lack of top-class managers currently available in world football, it’s clear the long-term future remains away from the French boss and Arsenal have the ideal replacement on their doorstep.
As Watford sit 4th in the PL under Marco Silva, a reminder… pic.twitter.com/0HEhrfYRlq
— Skeems (@Skeems1) October 14, 2017
Next door to Arsenal’s London Colney’s training ground you’ll find Watford, a club currently fighting above their expected level this season as Marco Silva oversees a wonderful job with the Hornets – something that will still bring a shiver to the spine of Paul Merson.
Appointing Silva at Arsenal may push Merson over the edge, making him the face of Brexit and leading a revolution, there’s certainly a number of reasons why the Portuguese boss would be the right fit for the Gunners – so Arsenal better start their approach soon.
After coming narrowly close to a great escape with Hull City last season, Marco Silva has led Watford to dream about European football, something that’s been inconceivable for a long time, and it’s certainly achievable with the club currently sat fifth in the Premier League.
Watford, quite simply, have been a breath of fresh air this season and put Arsenal to the sword a week ago, before making Chelsea sweat and ending up on the receiving end of a result that was largely unfair to a Hornets side who performed fantastically.
Marco Silva is pulling off an absolute masterclass with Watford. He’s one of the best underrated, young managers in the world.
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) October 21, 2017
The 40-year-old does have some things he needs to improve on, being criticised for the decision to substitute Troy Deeney at Stamford Bridge, but the signs of promise he has shown within Premier League football so far means he should find himself near the top of Arsenal’s wish-list.
Now, we’re not saying that Arsenal should tear up Arsene Wenger’s contract tomorrow morning and look for a change – though many on ArsenalFanTV would scream that they should amidst of tirade that includes shouting ‘blud’ and ‘fam’ several times – but work needs to be done to ensure the Gunners have the right successor to their long-serving boss.
Over the course of the next 18 months, Silva may well prove that he’s the man to take Arsenal forward and it’s certainly an exciting prospect for the Gunners; the 40-year-old has already shown what he can do with a side that has limited resources, so imagine the glory he could secure with the North London giants.
His standout signing of the summer was an unknown prodigy from Brazil, Richarlison, and the 20-year-old has shown his potential to become a huge star in the Premier League – and that’s the sort of cutting edge Arsenal need in the transfer market.