Defeat has left Arsenal 13 points adrift of arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur and the Champions League places, increasing the importance of this week’s crunch tie against AC Milan in the Europa League- with the continental competition now standing as the only avenue for Arsenal to return to Europe’s elite competition.
Wenger only penned a new two-year deal last summer but the growing problems at the Emirates Stadium have increased the likelihood of changes, either now or at the end of the season, and the Arsenal board has identified a key requirement for the Frenchman’s successor.
The Sun report that Wenger’s successor will be appointed as a Head Coach rather than a manager in order to spread responsibility amongst the staff.
Arsenal have already made significant backroom changes in the last 12 months, appointing ex-Barcelona man Raul Sanllehi has Head of Football and bringing in Sven Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund to lead the recruitment drive.
It shows Arsenal’s willingness to move away from the direct control that Wenger has had in north London during his two decades at the club and is a further indication that preparations are being made for life without Wenger.