5 Arsenal legends that could potentially replace Arsene Wenger - are they worthy candidates?
There is no disgrace in losing 3-0 to Pep Guardiola's formidable Manchester City side twice in a week. But when the performances lack pride and passion, it reflects on the manager as much as the players. A change at the top for Arsenal is now increasingly inevitable as Arsene Wenger's time in charge becomes untenable.
Despite the sparse crowd at a freezing Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, the negative reaction from the supporters that remained until the final whistle was still clear, and having failed to inspire a positive reaction from his players following Sunday's Carabao Cup final defeat, Wenger's two decade tenure will soon come to an end.
Arsenal have slipped down the natural order of Premier League hierarchy in recent years. The team have become stale under Wenger, and while recent creative additions to the attack in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have offered a semblance of encouragement, it was the departure of Alexis Sánchez that said more about the state of the club at the present time.
Arsenal are a huge club that has the resource available to challenge for honours both domestically and in Europe. Wenger continues to hold the club back, and while his contribution to both the club and English football since his arrival in 1996 is immeasurable, his legacy is in danger of being irreversibly scarred unless he concedes that his time is now over.
Speculation over his successor has been a popular topic of debate over the last few years, and with each passing season of disappointment, the merits of potential candidates continues to put pressure on the manager.
He dismisses such reports with an arrogance that serves only to confirm his untouchable status, and it is a characteristic that has become ultimately responsible for his failure.
A club steeped in history and success, a number of legendary players have made their name at the club under Wenger, and a number of them are now very much in contention to replace the man that helped make them great. The fans are in desperate need of a lift, so lets take a closer look at five Arsenal legends who could offer hope in these times of trouble.