Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman called on the club to hire an experienced manager like Carlo Ancelotti to take over for Arsene Wenger, and hopes the long-time boss' decision to step down will unite fans behind the team again. Seaman told ESPN FC in an interview that he was "a little bit surprised but also a little bit pleased" to hear Wenger will end his Arsenal reign at the end of the season, since it will ensure he gets a fitting send-off from Arsenal fans.
Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite a 3-1 win over Everton on the final day of the Premier League. The Gunners began the day a point behind fourth-place Liverpool and were on course to displace the Reds when they took an eighth-minute lead. But Liverpool, needing a win to ensure fourth, broke Middlesbrough resistance just before the break, and won 3-0.
It’s been one of the worst seasons in recent memory for Arsenal, and they hit yet another awful milestone on Monday. The Gunners were smacked 3-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, losing away for the fourth consecutive league match in a row. It’s the first time this has ever happened in Arsene Wenger’s 21-year tenure, and it’s only made worse by the comprehensive way they were beaten.
It was a game that Arsenal and Manchester City both needed to win and one that, in the end, both seemed content to draw. The two played to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates on Sunday. Arsenal ended its run of four straight losses. “When you come out of a few disappointing results play a big game the first priority of course is not to lose,” Arsène Wenger told Sky Sports after the game.
Bayern Munich matched their 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal last month to inflict a 10-2 aggregate pummelling upon embattled boss Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium. It meant a seventh consecutive last-16 exit for Arsenal, who had Laurent Koscielny sent off after Theo Walcott rewardrd a spirited first-half display with the opening goal.
As the Gunners drew first blood against their rivals this season, how did each player rate at Wembley in the traditional curtain-raiser?