Arsenal legend calls for sacking of Arsene Wenger as manager

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during training at Manchester City Football Academy

Sky Sports pundit Andy Townsend has revealed the name of the manager he wants to see take over from Arsène Wenger in the Arsenal hotseat.

The Arsenal board are expected to hold an end-of-season review of Wenger's position, but he came out fighting during Wednesday's press conference. "There are still plenty of huge games to play and the next one is on Thursday against the same opponent".

They are overwhelming favourites for the Premier League title with a 13-point lead over Manchester United and are all-but certain of a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after a 4-0 first leg victory away to FC Basel.

"Guys like that are legendary Arsenal players and figures but I would go in another direction".

On the Wembley defeat, Wenger said: "I'm quite amazed at how people analyse (the cup final) it looks like we lost against a team in division five - we lost against a team that dominates English football at the moment".

The teams are due to meet again in the re-arranged Premier League fixture at the Emirates on Thursday - and Kroenke will be eager to judge the mood of the fans in a match which could be pivotal to Arsenal's chances of finishing in the top four.

Turning to Swanson, Wenger quipped: "I'm just amazed that I have to always answer things that are exactly the same".

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Their one hope is success in the Europa League - which would also bring Champions League qualification - however they face AC Milan in the next round and other tough tests could await them.

Addressing a question from a national newspaper journalist about his deal, Wenger replied: "What is above you? I've been here 21 years and turned the whole world down to honour my contract".

"I am quite amazed that it is such an natural disaster that we have lost a final - that means that we have got our fans used to going to Wembley and win it".

His goal celebration, after turning home an Ilkay Gundogan shot to double the lead established by Sergio Aguero's opener, was also similar to one after a vital derby victor against Manchester United six years ago.

"We got to the final and you don't get there by coincidence. You have to acknowledge as well that Man City are a quality team".

The England global struggled to make an impression on the game and 24 hours after his performance at Wembley, the 26-year-old has criticised some of the decisions made throughout.

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