Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has criticised Arsene Wenger‘s decision to stay on as Arsenal manager and for targeting Riyad Mahrez ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Frenchman’s new two-year deal is set to be confirmed today, coming despite months of fan protests at the team’s below-par performances in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Arsenal crashed out of Europe with a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich, and then missed out on the top four for the first time in Wenger’s Cascarino believes the 67-year-old should have gone out gracefully after ending this season on a high by beating Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
‘I am disappointed in Arsene Wenger. I don’t blame the Arsenal board for offering him a new deal, I blame him for choosing to stay on,’ Cascarino wrote in The Times.
‘I hoped that Wenger would go, not because I don’t like him, quite the opposite. I just think it is such a silly decision to stay on.
‘I think Wenger has missed his best chance for a perfect ending to his Arsenal career – winning the FA Cup.
‘Yes, they were playing a Chelsea side who seemed to have celebrated their Premier League title a little too wildly, but Arsenal produced a great performance and bowing out as an FA Cup winner for a record seventh time was ideal for a man who has given so much to the game in this country.’