Arsene Wenger's side lost again on Sunday

Wenger's fate is not yet sealed, but the Europa League round of 16 tie against AC Milan has become hugely significant now that the team has fallen 13 points adrift of fourth place, and Champions League qualification, in the Premier League.

Wenger's grip on his position has weakened significantly in recent weeks, with the team on a run of four successive defeats in all competitions, and sources close to the first-team squad at the Emirates have also told ESPN FC that some senior players have now lost faith in the Frenchman and believe changes are needed in the dressing room and on the training pitch.

"A lot of the players don't want Wenger", the source said. "These players want to win, in life you forget quickly how good you are". And do not be scared too much of the consequences of a bad result but focus on pragmatic things like defending better, playing quicker.

Both sides have flattered to deceive domestically and see the Europa League as their only viable entry to next season's Champions League.


The Rossoneri have enjoyed a resurgence under former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso of late while Wenger's reign appears to be wilting to a close, with numerous Arsenal supporters backing his exit sooner rather than later.

Gattuso indicated he was looking forward to the challenge of facing Wenger, describing himself as a "rookie" compared to the veteran French manager, but the Gunners boss conceded that with Arsenal struggling badly he could learn from his counterpart.

"I can see it happening because of the way the guys are performing at the minute".

Wenger said: "It makes me think a little think about last year, but last year we made 75 points and missed the Champions League by one point only". It increases the pressure even more on the competition.


"At the moment it's certainly hard when you go through a patch like that".

"You want to show you have the quality and the strength and you can only show that when it is hard".

"So that's a good opportunity for us as well to show we can deal with that, and for the longer term it will make the team even stronger".


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