March 18, 2018

Wright: Wenger should leave Arsenal at the end of the season

02 March 2018, 06:49 | Anita Wise

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"I don't think you'd get a Diego Simeone but that is a flip to me that would shake the club up", he said.

However, even that will be a major challenge, with teams such as AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid still in the competition.

Arsene Wenger has defended his Arsenal players after Gary Neville called them "spineless" and an "absolute disgrace" for their performance in the Carabao Cup final.

Wenger said his team has to accept that criticism, but defended their work ethic and pointed out that they showed plenty of fight in getting to the final.

There have been protests from a number of Arsenal fan groups in recent seasons calling for Wenger to leave.

There are some big obstacles in Arsenal's way in the Europa League.

The Gunners have an ace up their sleeve in the face of new chief scout Sven Mislintat also of Borussia Dortmund. With fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette out with a long-term injury, Arsenal is relying on the injury-prone Danny Welbeck or 18-year-old Eddie Nketiah. "I bet it is silent", adds the Arsenal legend.

"Who does that in this Arsenal team?"

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Former Borussia Dortmund was linked with a Premier League switch this last summer but Everton were snubbed in their approach before hiring Sam Allardyce. That might have been a false dawn.

The north London club are in the sixth place in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham, and are already out of the FA Cup.

He is out for the two games on Thursday and Sunday, certainly out.

But Wenger believes too much is made of the negative results and not of his side's stronger performances, such as the 2-1 aggregate win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Guardiola did not have a like-for-like replacement for the Brazil global in the holding role on his bench, although Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne combined effectively enough at the base of the midfield to take apart the lacklustre Gunners.

"You can say you don't agree and I understand that but the effort, the commitment, the hard work is behind it".

"He should have stepped down a long time ago and I reckon Arsenal could have got Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp to replace him". That could prove to be a mistake.

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