I came here 3 seasons ago and have argued that Wenger has always outperformed his squad cost, which climbed to 4th in 2016/17 for the first time in years. His average finishing position is 2.8. No doubt it puts his achievements into context. Posters argued he was poor against top clubs, even though results are roughly equal for losses, wins and draws, in all comps, home and away for the last 5 years. Which is good considering three of those teams can outspend him. But it's still generally accepted that Wenger is a poor defensive manager. Everybody sees the mistakes on the field, right? Here are the goals against just for the last 5 years, up to Sept 2017. Chelsea 184 Man U 187 Man C 189 Arsenal 194 Sp**s 211 Liverpool 233 Wenger's average finishing position for goals against is 3.4 Here are the clean sheets. Man C 76 Arsenal 75 Chelsea 74 Man U 72 Liverpool 63 Sp**s 62 Wenger's average position for clean sheets is 2.8 Conclusion: As a defensive manager Wenger is still better than his spend, and much better than people give him credit for. There is evidence that this season,and last, that his defensive record is dropping. He was 6th last season with 44 goals against, and it's looking like the same this season. Kos is aging, Mustafi hasn't reached his peak yet, Per is retiring and Chambers/Holding have clearly not reached the level that Wenger and Stat DNA had hoped . . . you can see by his reluctance to play them. Cech has also been eclipsed by the other goalkeepers in these teams. A major rebuilding job is needed there. Looking at goals for over the last 5 years Man C 402 Liverpool 365 Chelsea 363 Arsenal 353 Sp**s 334 Man U 315 Wenger's average attacking position is 3.6 To me this shows that Wenger is very balanced in his attacking and defensive strategies, in fact his defensive stats are slightly better, whatever people think they see on the pitch. Few managers can outperform their spend for so long, Wenger is unusual in that respect. Pochettino is performing well above his spend at the moment but it's only been a couple of seasons . . can he hold onto his players? History shows us that whoever we replace Wenger with, the likelyhood of him outperforming Wenger is slim. But it's an exciting time to see a new era coming.