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.
With a second 5-1 rout in three weeks, Bayern Munich completed Arsenal’s humiliation on a night of protests against manager Arsene Wenger. Whether Wenger gets a chance to return to the Champions League next season remains unclear, as his latest contract will expire at the end of this season after 21 years at the club.
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?