Arsene Wenger's future as Arsenal manager has fallen into some doubt following the 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea, reports the Daily Mail.
Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal will go down as one of his worst as he watched his team absorb Jose Mourinho's biggest win in the Premier League and Chelsea's biggest win over the Gunners ever.
The 6-0 thrashing threw them out of the title race, leaving the Fa Cup as their only realistic chance of silverware. It is also Arsenal's third heavy defeat of the season away to a rival. They have also lost 6-3 to Manchester City and 5-1 to Liverpool this year, leaving critics questioning whether the Gunners are preparing for big games properly.
Despite Arsenal being heavy favourites to win the Fa Cup, the lack of silverware is weighing heavier on Wenger more than ever, as the Gunners are set to go a decade without winning the Premier League.
His contract is expiring in the summer and Wenger has always maintained that he will leave his position if he feels he has under performed as a manger. The 6-0 defeat has reportedly forced him to consider his position at the club.
Arsenal officials are desperate to tie Wenger down to a new three-year contract and remain confident that he will do so. But well-informed sources have told the Daily Mail that Wenger is closer to the exit door following yesterday's trouncing.
The same report also says that the club are preparing for a major announcement with regards to the club's path forward. The Gunners are entering a new phase following their move to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.
New commercial deals have been signed and the club are best placed to deal with financial fair play regulations than their rivals. This summer could see unprecedented spending and major changes.