Arsenal players could decide the future of Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal players losing faith in Arsene Wenger could spell the end of the Frenchman’s time in north London.

With the Gunners now set to endure a first trophyless season in three years, fans are growing tired of their inability to win the Premier League title.

And, given the way player power has ousted managers at Chelsea and Manchester United in the past, it could mean the same thing happens at the Emirates Stadium.


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Growing unrest

Arsenal were still in contention for the treble in February, but their season has fallen apart in quite spectacular fashion in the months since.

A 2-1 victory over Leicester was meant to swing the pendulum their way in the race for the league, but they were thumped by Barcelona in the Champions League and also relinquished the FA Cup for the first time in three years. A further league defeat to Manchester United in February derailed their efforts for silverware, and Sunday’s draw with Sunderland means they now face a battle to secure Champions League football.

Players are said to be baffled by some of the decisions Wenger makes regarding days off, which could spell the end of his lengthy time at the helm. 

Past examples

Chelsea were struggling when Andre Villas-Boas was the manager in 2012, with the Portuguese losing the dressing room after opting to drop key players such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

His departure sparked a vast improvement in fortunes, with the big voices in the dressing room returning to the starting line-up to help club legend Roberto Di Matteo win them the Champions League, beating the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich along the way.

Upsetting the senior players at Manchester United also proved to be David Moyes’ undoing. The Scot’s training regimes upset Rio Ferdinand, his faith in Wayne Rooney annoyed Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic opted to announce his decision to join Inter Milan midway through the season.

It was hardly ideal for the former Everton manager, who was sacked to make way for Louis van Gaal just eight months into a six-year deal. The Dutchman himself has come under fire from the experienced players at the club, admitting to holding crunch talks with Rooney and Michael Carrick earlier this season.

History suggests that Wenger will do well to survive if his players are turning on him. The Frenchman will be praying they have enough in their locker to secure Champions League football come May.

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