Arsene Wenger looks increasingly like a man on the brink as Arsenal head into what could be a season-defining game against Sutton.
Very rarely do FA Cup ties against non-league opposition carry so much significance, but anything less than a big win could have huge ramifications for Wenger’s future.
The 67-year-old is under more pressure than ever after last week’s 5-1 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich.
And the Gunners’ failure to compete in the really big competitions is casting further doubt on the futures of star men Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
While Ozil has been in poor form, Sanchez has been shining, scoring the only Arsenal goal against the Bavarians.
Yet, when asked whether he thought the forward had played well against Munich, Wenger said, per the Times:
“Watch the game again. I do not want to comment individually but we have lost as a team and Alexis is part of that.”
Le Professeur’s comments are unlikely to ease the situation surrounding the Chilean’s contract, which has just 18 months left to run.
Admittedly, his goal did come from a missed penalty, and it has to be said that no Arsenal player really excelled at the Allianz Arena.
It seems only fair too that the players take some of the blame off their beleaguered manager, as they simply didn’t turn up against Bayern.