One Arsenal player almost cried during an emotional crisis meeting held after the side’s Carabao Cup final thumping at the hands of Manchester City. Arsene Wenger’s position is in serious doubt following two defeats in five days to City and the club are seriously considering replacing the Frenchman in the summer. It’s understood Per Mertesacker led a player meeting without Wenger at London Colney following the first 3-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side. And, according to The Guardian, an unnamed Arsenal star was close to tears as he delivered an impassioned speech which he was unable to finish.
He reportedly claimed that his children had been asking why Arsenal had been so poor before choking up – another player was forced to step in. ‘We are a big club. But we need more help from the coaches,’ he said. Another exclaimed: ‘It’s not going to happen. We need to find the answers ourselves.’ Leonardo Jardim, Joachim Low, Carlo Ancelotti and Brendan Rodgers are among the candidates being considered to replace Wenger at the Emirates.
Wenger insisted that the second defeat to City was Arsenal’s ‘most physical performance of the season’. Asked whether his side lacked confidence, Wenger responded: ‘You go up by the stairs, you go down by the left, that’s confidence, that’s why you have to show you have the level to be at Arsenal football club. ‘I felt it was a game of physically top intensity, I think we produced physically our highest performance of the season, and Man City as well, by quite far, so it was physically two teams gave a lot. ‘I knew the first half could be difficult for us, because they come out of Sunday’s game with a real confidence there, they come back with a real positive mind and that’s why they took advantage of every defensive weakness we have shown in the first half.
‘At the end of the day, must say we lost against a top-quality team, who is at the moment the best in the country. On top of that, the combination of their quality, and that they are high in confidence, we are low in confidence, played a big part in the game tonight. ‘After that, second half we came out, we dominated well first 20 minutes. We needed the penalty to keep going and gain a bit momentum and that was the killer of the game after that.