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Will Arsene Wenger leave Arsenal FC at the end of the season?

Wenger could be taking charge of his final few games...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (centre top) watches from the stands during the Emirates FA Cup, fourth round match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.

It's looking likely that Arsene Wenger could step down as Arsenal manager next summer

Arsene Wenger looks increasingly likely to step down as Arsenal manager come the end of the season. Wednesday’s 5-1 Champions League humiliation at the Allianz Arena just adds further support to the argument that the Frenchman is past his sell-by date at the north London club.

Once again, it appears that the Gunners are going to fall short in the title race after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, with more Arsenal supporters than ever before wanting a change of managerial personnel.

Several Arsenal fans have always been in a quandary when it comes to criticising Wenger due to his previous achievements at the club, although last season’s failure to capitalise on Chelsea and Manchester City’s shortcomings have been followed up by a breakaway title success from the former.

Wenger seems unlikely to agree a new deal and the Emirates and an increasing number of bookmakers have now priced up a “Next Arsenal Manager” market which sees two notable names at the top of the betting.

Eddie Howe was previously linked with the England manager’s role and he’s as short as 2/1 with Sky Bet to become the next Arsenal boss, although BetVictor take a dimmer view of Howe’s chances with their quote of 4/1.

The real market mover has been Massimiliano Allegri who is 7/2 with Paddy Power and the Italian might be a better fit for the north London club due to his vaster wealth of managerial experience.

The 49-year-old is currently in charge of Juventus and you only have to look at the instant success achieved by Antonio Conte to see how Arsenal might be convinced into thinking that another Italian could bring about a change in fortunes with the Gunners.

The issue of Wenger’s future at Arsenal is just one of several issues to resolve this summer, with Alexis Sanchez likely to consider moves away from the Emirates after cutting an increasingly frustrated figure at the club. Similarly, Mesut Ozil has suggested that his future at Arsenal depends on whether Wenger remains although some Arsenal fans would be glad to see him replaced.

The lack of character and team spirit seems to have been badly lacking this term, with a new manager desired by many fans who want a fresh chapter in the club’s illustrious history and there appears to be a regular stream of money available for new transfers.

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