Milan duel a decider for Wenger

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ARSENE Wenger has one last chance to salvage the worst year of his Arsenal reign and potentially save his job when the beleaguered Gunners boss faces AC Milan in the Europa League.
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ARSENE Wenger has one last chance to salvage the worst year of his Arsenal reign and potentially save his job when the beleaguered Gunners boss faces AC Milan in the Europa League today.

Wenger has presided over a miserable campaign that threatens to bring a painful end to the Frenchman’s 22-year spell in north London.

Battered by a wretched run of eight defeats in 13 games, Arsenal was outclassed by Manchester City in the League Cup final and saw its FA Cup defense ruined with a shock defeat at second-tier Nottingham Forest.

A 1-2 loss at Brighton on Sunday was Arsenal’s fourth successive defeat in all competitions and left Wenger’s side 13 points adrift of the English Premier League’s top four and 33 points behind runaway leader City.

Furious Arsenal fans chanted “we want Wenger out” during the Brighton debacle.

And, although criticism for the 68-year-old is nothing new, the opprobrium has risen to unprecedented levels this term as Arsenal’s decline has become ever more apparent.

Wenger has one year left on his contract, but it is hard to believe he will be allowed to depart on his terms if Arsenal misses out on Champions League qualification again.

The only remaining hope for silverware, and a return to the UEFA Champions League, is to win the Europa League, with Arsenal’s first leg of the last 16 clash in Milan today.

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