Ryan helps Brighton to famous win over sorry Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Times Deputy Football Correspondent Matt Hughes writes: "Arsène Wenger believes that he is the best man to take Arsenal forward and has told his coaching staff that the club will have to sack him to bring an end to his 22-year tenure".

Arsenal have won just three away league games all season and have now lost eight of their past 13 games in all competitions.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny admits it will be "very hard" for the club to qualify for the Champions League after another damaging Premier League defeat at the hands of Brighton.

A group of Arsenal fans will lobby chief executive Ivan Gazidis this weekend in an attempt to persuade the club to replace Arsene Wenger this summer and announce his departure before the end of the season.

However, when questioned about his future in recent times, Wenger always replied: "I don't want to talk about my future".

"We know we are in a bad situation, a bad period", Arsenal's captain said.

On top of this, they would have to pip both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, who now sit in fourth and fifth place, which seems highly unrealistic given the current state of the team.

"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". We need two teams to collapse and I don't see that happening.

Wenger said he is focussing on doing his job when asked about stepping away from his post.

Manchester City followed up a 3-0 Carabao Cup final victory over Arsenal at Wembley nine days ago with an emphatic Premier League triumph by the same scoreline at Emirates Stadium last Thursday.

"You're not going to get in the top four again, this is the second year on the run - of course you would".

Europa League success can still be secured, which would over the Gunners a route back into the Champions League, but AC Milan await at the last-16 stage and there are still several other heavyweight outfits setting their sights on continental glory.

"When I arrived at Arsenal, they said to me, 'Why are you outside of the box, you will never score goals?' with my position being on the left or whatever it was".

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