TalkSPORT pundit Joey Barton feels Arsenal supporters have something to worry about as Arsene Wenger could potentially be sacked from the head coach role. The 67-year-old signed a fresh two-year extension earlier in May after he guided the Gunners to their third FA Cup title in four seasons. The north London giants missed out on Champions League qualification with a fifth-placed finish last term, and they have started the new campaign in a relatively slow fashion with just 13 points from the opening eight games.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Barton believes it is only a matter of time before the Gunners’ hierarchy decide to cut ties with the long-standing manager. The former Burnley midfielder also compared the Frenchman‘s situation at the Emirates to one of a late night reveller.
A survey conducted by the Metro has shown that Arsene Wenger still has the backing of the majority of Arsenal fans, despite having not guided the club to any silverware for almost nine years.
Gunners’ legend Bob Wilson earlier this week claimed that the Frenchman was working miracles with what he continues to achieve with the North London club.
Arsenal have crashed out of the Capital One Cup after losing 2-0 to four times winners Chelsea at the Emirates yesterday evening.
Goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata secured the victory for the Blues, who currently sit two points and one place below them in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s winning streak away from home was brought to an end after they were held to a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion yesterday afternoon.
The point was however enough to see them return to the top of the Premier League, having been briefly replaced by Liverpool following their win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger is set to begin negotiations on a new contract with Arsenal, the Daily Star understands.
The Frenchman has is currently overseeing a winning streak that stretched to ten games following their Champions League victory over Napoli on Tuesday evening, and that good form has convinced Gunners chiefs to offer him an extension to his current deal, which is set to expire next summer.
Arsenal will be looking to strengthen their grip on top spot in the Premier League as they travel to face Swansea City in tomorrow’s late kick-off.
The Gunners will give late fitness tests to Mathieu Flamini and man of the moment Aaron Ramsey ahead of the game, with the pair suffering from shoulder and thigh problems respectively.
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Gonzalo Higuain’s father has confirmed that Arsenal are in advanced talks with the Argentina international, with a move set to be completed in the next few days.
However, the Express have reported that Juventus could still pip the Gunners to landing the Real Madrid man, with Higuain senior confirming that an agreement with both clubs have been reached.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is convinced that the club can challenge for the Premier League title next season.
The Spanish international, who has exceled in his first season at the Emirates with 12 goals in 35 league appearances this season, told the London Evening Standard that: “We (the club) want to be fighting for all the competitions, and I’m sure we will”.