5 things Arsenal must do right away to resolve the Wenger crisis
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal look set for a very public and unpleasant parting of ways in the near future. The Frenchman has hit a new low in his two-decade-long tenure at the helm of the North London club.
Arsenal have gone through a rough patch since the shock exit - at the hands of the Championship side Nottingham Forest (currently placed 15th) - in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Hopes for a top-four spot have all but evaporated as the sides placed in the relegation zone have a better mathematical chance of catching the Gunners than the Gunners have of catching Manchester City.
Calls for the manager's resignation has become the norm in the past half decade or so with Arsenal failing to win the Premier League title since they last did it with the invincible side in '03/04. Three FA cups in the last four seasons has done little to quell the anger that accompanies the management at the Emirates.
Things have rarely been as grim as they've been recently - despite Arsenal finally managing to bring to an end their 4-match losing spree with a win at the San Siro against AC Milan in the Europa League.
A run which saw them get humiliated at the hands of City in the League Cup final, lose 6 of the 8 league matches (including defeats to Bournemouth, Swansea, Tottenham and Brighton) and most of all, lose the confidence of the fans who've decided to show their anger by not turning up for the home games.
It seems, therefore, that the Frenchman's time as the longest-serving manager in the league's history might soon come to an end.
Here are 5 things the board at Arsenal Football Club needs to do to cleanse the toxic atmosphere at the Emirates.
#5 Arsenal should focus on the Europa League for Champions League qualification
Wenger managed to turn around the club's abysmal season last year by successive victories against Manchester City (in the semis) and Chelsea (in the final) in the FA Cup. Arsenal missed out on a top-four finish for the first time in his managerial career with the London side. This made the chorus for his ouster grow louder still and for all the world it looked as if the fans might finally get their wish.
But by securing silverware in their last game of the season, the Frenchman was successful in prolonging his stay at the Emirates - something that didn't go down well with the fans. The distraction of a trophy was enough though, to get the veteran manager's signature on the dotted line.
Little has changed in the fortunes of the club as the same fate seems destined for the fans considering Arsenal are, simply put, out of contention for Champions League qualification.
This leaves the club with only one option - prioritise the Europa League. A win in the competition will guarantee a return to Europe's most elite competition (like for United the season before). The mid-week, evening kick-offs will bring back the sense of pride that fans of Arsenal Football Club generally associate with, and has eroded immensely recently.
A renaissance of sorts is in the offing again for the FA Cup holders, albeit, with the wretched Europa League. It is the narrow gap that the management needs to manoeuvre through to find some much-needed breathing space - as pressure only builds.