Arsenal unlikely to finish in top four- Koscielny

Arsenal unlikely to finish in top four- Koscielny

AST spokesperson Nigel Phillips told: "We just can't go on like this".

"Look, I can understand the frustration, it is hard to recover from what happened to us last week - we are going through a tough time".

But even those torrid times seem tame in comparison to the current tidal wave of angst engulfing Wenger.

Identifying a successor has been tricky, with many names touted, one of which has been the club's record goalscorer, Henry, who was forthright when asked if he is prepared to walk into the lion's den.

In Ramsey's absence, the Gunners suffered yet another away defeat, losing 2-1 to Brighton on the back of goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray, making a case for the newly promoted side to stay up in the league.

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Henry, who is working as an assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, remains a staunch supporter of the Frenchman.

"You could nearly sense. on Thursday night I was at the Man City game as well where the stadium was empty and you felt there was a change that needs to happen. something needs to happen because it can't go on much longer like this".

"That gave them a lift going into the half-time talk, and they showed in phases throughout that second half the quality that they've got".

"I have been here for 21 years and I always respected my contract", said Wenger.

"The light at the end of the dark tunnel they are in at the moment is the Europa League and that could turn around the whole season".

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And Wenger has revealed that he opted to protect the midfielder on Sunday ahead of Arsenal's crunch clash with AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night.

"We are talking about shall he quit or not - I can never say that, " Henry said."I am not sitting on the fence, I can never say that".

However, Mikel Arteta is unlikely to take over from Wenger at Arsenal, as he is said to be an unpopular figure in the Gunners' dressing-room. "I didn't want to gamble today for a physical setback, so I left him completely out of the squad".

In Sunday's match at Brighton, 29-year-old Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan started for Arsenal, and he was on the pitch for 83 minutes. They really need to go for that now and if they can galvanise themselves for the AC Milan game on Thursday, they could do what Man United did last season and save their season by winning that competition and getting into the Champions League.

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