A club in crisis: Premier League giants Arsenal are in arguably their darkest place in modern history.
With the future of their manager Arsene Wenger more uncertain than ever before, along with those of star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the club reached a devastating low after Tuesday’s embarrassing Champions League exit.
Faced with the near-impossible task of overturning a 5-1 first-leg deficit to Bayern Munich, Wenger had called for his troops to at least salvage their pride with a spirited display.
It turned out the Frenchman was a tad clueless as to the degree of rot at the club.
Despite a frenetic opening 45 minutes that saw the Gunners take a deserved 1-0 lead into the interval, things soon unraveled in a sickeningly familiar manner.
A red card for captain Laurent Koscielny after a desperate lounge on Robert Lewandowski in the area proved to be the turning point, as the Bavarians took maximum advantage to record a second successive 5-1 drubbing to advance 10-2 aggregate.
It’s Arsenal’s worst defeat in Europe and their seventh straight Champions League last 16 exit, sending Gunners over the edge.
Arsenal faithful took to the streets of London on Wednesday demanding the exit of their much-maligned manager in the most vocal #WengerOut campaign yet.
Chanting “Arsene Wenger we want you to go”, the fans had banners with such inscriptions as “No New Contract”, “Wenger Out”, and “Every good story has an ending”.
The reactions have been pouring in, with Instagram user Oxide77 saying: “Wenger will surely end up as Yahya Jammeh of Gambia”
Similarly, many Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to express their dismay’…
This is the worst night in Wenger’s entire tenure at Arsenal.
If he truly cares about our club, he will resign tonight. #WengerOUT
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 7, 2017
Wenger’s zip tactics are as poor as his football tactics these days. God help us #AFC fans. #WengerOut @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/Csm1zdodsE
— Big Brother’s Cousin (@Neo_jnr) March 7, 2017
Arsenal charge the 2nd highest rates for tickets in Europe for fans to watch that. Surely Wenger must go… The debate is old now. #Arsenal
— Louis Beneventi (@LouisTheBugalo) March 7, 2017
Theresa May considering appointing Arsene Wenger as Brexit Minister as Arsenal make another quick European exit.#AFCVFCB
— AJ Mason Tony (@antoniojmasoni) March 7, 2017
Wenger would have probably been sacked over 15 times if Abramovic was his boss
— Jamie (@LegendJohnTerry) March 7, 2017
The now question is: how much longer for the cat with nine lives?