Is this the end of an English dynasty?

The pressure is mounting on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and the bookmakers are already taking a number of bets on his future.

Arsenal produced one of the worst performances in their recent history as they went down 5-1 at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League clash.


This will be the seventh successive season they have gone out at this stage of the competition and the fourth time to Bayern.

Wenger left the press conference afterwards after just three questions as he was quizzed from the off about what had just taken place.


We spoke with our Football Insider Graeme Bailey about Wenger’s future, and whether he has one.

“Wenger was a shadow of the man who used to be one of the dominating figures of English football on the sidelines of the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening,” said Bailey.

“Wenger’s side were not so much beaten, as they were out-played in every aspect of the game – and let’s get this right, the scoreline did not flatter the home side. Bayern did not even hit top gear to dismantle an Arsenal side, who were shocking at best.

“Wenger is out-of-contract at the end of the season and even the staunchest fan of the Frenchman would find it hard to come up with a reason for him to prolong his stay at the club.

“He is now in his 21st year as Arsenal chief and you cannot take away what he has done for them, indeed English football. When he arrived in 1996 – he transformed the thinking of everyone in the game, but the end is nigh.

“And there is one thing that will frighten to death the Arsenal board – just take a quick look at Old Trafford. Look at the strugglers they had replacing Sir Alex Ferguson – only now nearly four years on, are they starting to get back to that sort of level. And that is the key here, not whether Wenger should leave – he should, but who do you replace him with?”

“That is the key here, not whether Wenger should leave – he should, but who do you replace him with?”

BetVictor have already moved to make Wenger 8/1 from 25/1 to be the next manager to leave the Premier League

Michael Triffitt, their Head of Ante Post Football, said: “Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may well be in his final year at the club and is 8/1 from 25/1 to leave earlier and be the next to leave his post.”

Odds on next Premier League manager to leave with BetVictor:
Claudio Ranieri 8/11
Aitor Karanka 4/1
Arsene Wenger 8/1
Sam Allardyce 14/1
Walter Mazzarri 14/1
David Moyes 16/1
Slaven Bilic 20/1
Claude Puel 25/1
Eddie Howe 40/1
Pep Guardiola 40/1
Mark Hughes 40/1
Jurgen Klopp 40/1
Ronald Koeman 50/1
Jose Mourinho 50/1
Paul Clement 50/1
Sean Dyche 66/1
Tony Pulis 66/1
Antonio Conte 100/1
Mauricio Pochettino 100/1

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