Wenger unlikely to steer Arsenal into Premier League top four this season although will the stubborn Frenchman remain for another season?
There used to be a split between Arsenal fans as to whether Arsene Wenger should remain in charge of Arsenal, although it’s safe to say that the majority of supporters want a change of personnel.
Wenger has admitted defeat in his quest to keep Alexis Sanchez at the club which was always a foregone conclusion considering that the Chilean didn’t want to sign a new contract, although it’s also what’s happening on the pitch which is concerning the fans.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth was the latest setback for the Gunners, with London side sitting sixth in the Premier League table and they are eight points off fourth place and the Champions League spots.
While the Arsenal board seem content enough to allow Wenger to make his own choices with regard to staying or leaving, bookmaker BetVictor offer 2/1 that Carlo Ancelotti becomes the next manager of the Gunners, with the fans desperate to see someone else at the helm.
Ancelotti started the season in charge of Bayern Munich although results weren’t great and a 3-0 defeat away to Paris Saint Germain saw the Italian leave the Allianz Arena.
Thomas Tuchel is a 6/1 chance after previously managing Borussia Dortmund, with Diego Simeone available at 8/1 although the Argentine continues to do a sterling job at Atletico Madrid, with Joachim Low available at 10/1.
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team lose 4-2 at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, with many supporters now wanting the Frenchman to step down from his role as the Gunners head towards having another underwhelming season.
It appears that Arsenal won’t win any silverware this season unless they either overcome Chelsea and Manchester City in the EFL Cup or go all the way in the Europa League, while a top four spot in the Premier League currently looks unlikely.
BetVictor have re-opened their Next Arsenal manager market, with Thomas Tuchel the 4/1 favourite to replace Wenger and Diego Simeone is a 5/1 chance although the club’s board currently appear to be making no post-Wenger plans despite the frustrations of the supporters.
Arsenal FC supporters started the season with lots of hope and a 4-3 win over Leicester suggested that the Gunners could go well this season, although the London side go into the international break with just those three points after defeats at Stoke and Liverpool.
A 1-0 defeat at the bet365 Stadium was followed by a 4-0 thrashing at Anfield, with Arsene Wenger admitting that the performance simply wasn’t good away as a rampant Liverpool side blew them away.
Arsenal are out to 28/1 with Sky Bet to win this season’s Premier League title. Although just three rounds of games have been played, it’s hard to see the Gunners competing for top honours this season and Arsene Wenger’s position is now in the spotlight.
Wenger is a 12/1 shot to win the latest version of the Premier League Sack Race, with the Frenchman having recently agreed a new two-year deal although there were supporters calling for his head at Anfield.
It appears as though Alexis Sanchez wants out at the Emirates Stadium and Raheem Sterling plus cash has apparently been offered for the Chilean, with Arsenal looking like an embarrassment on Sunday and there was an overall lack of commitment and hard work.
Asked what went wrong at Anfield, the Arsenal manager replied: “Everything. From the first minute to the last minute we were not at the level requested for such a game. Not physically, not technically, not mentally and we were punished. That’s basically it. Of course, you can analyse the chances we gave away, but I just think overall the performance was not at the requested level.”
Wenger’s post-match press conference lasted only two minutes and 10 seconds before he left the media room at Anfield but he also said: “The result is a consequence of our performance. We were not good enough. We were beaten everywhere physically, in the end I believe we made it easier for them, and the mistakes gave them a cushion.
All odds were correct at time of posting.