The roof seems to be caving in on Arsene Wenger’s long reign at Arsenal after club suffered the ignominy of a shock 5th round FA Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn Rovers. Wenger had never been defeated by a lower-league opposition in the competition during his long reign at Arsenal but last night’s loss only provided the exclamation point on an already poor season for the Gunners. An inconsistent Premier League campaign sees them trailing 4th placed Tottenham by four points as they are once again left to fight for a Champions League spot alone.
The Round of 16 tie over Bayern Munich is the only chance for the beleaguered players to save their reputations after recent events and Wenger himself is keen on moving forward rather than dwelling on the present as he told the Daily Mail: “It is not over yet. For you maybe, but not for me. It’s important to focus on our next game. It’s a good opportunity to show we have character.”
But the Arsenal fans aren’t over the embarrassing defeat to Blackburn as calls for ‘Wenger out’ rang around the Emirates at full-time. The Frenchman has reiterated that he has no intention of deserting his beloved club, with whom he has a contract till 2014. The Arsenal board and Wenger himself will sit down at the end of the season to review the state of the club’s health. A failure to finish in the Top Four would definitely make things worse for Wenger, especially after what is most likely to be an eight year without a trophy.
David Moyes and Carlo Ancelotti are just a few names being thrown around as possible replacements for Wenger should he leave in the summer, with Moyes possibly working towards a move to a bigger club by rejecting contract talks with Everton.