Plenty of eyebrows were raised when Arsene Wenger announced he was staying on at Arsenal last season. The Gunners missed out on Champions League football for the first time under the Frenchman, and it looked like his time was up. Many supporters wanted him to go out on a high after winning the FA Cup, but Wenger soldiered on.
With Sanchez close to an exit and after a pitiful display vs Bournemouth, the pressure is mounting on Wenger. Arsenal are only 6th in the Premier League table with 39 points, 5 points behind Spurs in 5th. There is a real possibility they could miss out on the top 4 for the 2nd year running.
Wenger Woes Continue
There has been very little respite for Arsene Wenger this season. Their form has nosedived in the last month, winning just 1 from 5 and losing 2 of their last 3. Wenger was honest in his assessment of Arsenal's performance vs Bournemouth after the match. He said:
“We were 1-0 up and suddenly we lost two goals and we don't know where they came from. Overall we have to look at it in a very objective and harsh way we made mistakes we should not have made. The team that fights against relegation will fight and you cannot afford any concentration mistake.”
Sanchez Saga Nears End
Alexis Sanchez was left out of Arsenal's squad this afternoon, fuelling speculation that he will soon be on his way. He is rumoured to be either heading to Man Utd or Man City, and Wenger confirmed the saga will be over soon.
He revealed: “I don't master the rhythm of it, but it could happen today, tomorrow or not at all. We will decide in the next 48 hours.” Sanchez has been Arsenal's best player for some time, and his departure will deal a massive blow to their already slim top 4 hopes.