Gunners have fallen to 8th in the Premier League.
Things seem to be coming to a head at Arsenal, with the Daily Star reporting that manager Arsene Wenger held crisis talks with chief executive Ivan Gazidis following the weekend’s 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United that saw the Gunners fall to 8th in the Premier League and 15 points behind runaway league leaders Chelsea.
With significant shareholder and Uzbekistani billionaire Alisher Usmanov also having waded into the debate and criticised the long-serving Frenchman, the situation seems to be growing out of control, with owner Stan Kroenke reportedly also well aware of the growing frustration of fans after a dreadful start to the season.
Wenger has done a fantastic job during his time as manager at Arsenal, but it is a number of years since they have seriously competed for the Premier League title and last season’s FA Cup triumph has not proven to be the springboard to sustained success that many had hoped.
With another struggling European giant in Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund visiting the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, in a game that Arsenal need to get something from to secure Champions League progress and avoid a trip to Istanbul on the final match day knowing that they need something from, this could prove to be a defining week in the club’s modern era.