Arsenal Captain, Laurent Koscielny admitted Arsenal “cracked” under pressure on one of the worst nights of Arsene Wenger’s 20-year reign, reports mirror.co.uk.
Koscielny was brutally honest amid the inquest into their 5-1 thrashing at Bayern Munich, which leaves manager Wenger increasingly likely to leave the club in the summer.
Arsenal fell apart after Koscielny went off injured early in the second half with the match all-square at 1-1, conceding three times in 11 minutes, and the France defender suggested Wednesday night’s humiliation raises serious questions about the team spirit.
That defeat merely underlined the cracks in Wenger’s Arsenal, and is why the fans are demanding change this summer. The Allianz Arena’s away dressing room was a scene of despair and disappointment post-match, but there was also an element of the blame game being played as players pointed the finger at each other.
There is a strong belief star forward Alexis Sanchez has already decided to leave the club this summer and his body language during the game – one picture showing him down on his haunches in one half of the pitch, watching his team trudge back to halfway after conceding again in the other, went viral afterwards – told its own story.
Sanchez bawled out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain several times as Arsenal suffered in the 90 minutes, and their frustration with each other carried on into the changing room.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who stunned Barelona 4-0 in their first leg on Tuesday, and perennial Italian kings Juventus are locked in a battle to sign the Chilean.
Mesut Ozil had an awful game, but was not substituted yet again — to the amazement of some players. The German midfielder’s demands for a new deal worth £250,000-a-week, despite his appalling dip in form, has enraged supporters.
Arsenal’s 3,500 travelling fans in Allianz Arena witnessed unprecedented fighting among themselves as the split over whether Wenger should stay or go has brought them to blows.
One witness said: “It was like a war-zone in there. “It’s happened before, but this was the worst by far. You would have thought it was Arsenal and Tottenham fans fighting – but it was Arsenal fans fighting among themselves.”
That shows how much tension there is over Wenger’s future. Mirror Sport understands that senior pros believe the uncertainty has become a huge issue, which is threatening to derail their whole season.
A few weeks ago, players believed Wenger was staying. Now most think he is going and his staff do not know for certain either as he always keeps his cards close to his chest.
Those close to Wenger believe it will be his last season. But it has left players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs uncertain over their futures as they have just 18 months left on their deals.
They are being kept in the dark while Arsenal look to resolve Wenger’s future and the contract situations with Sanchez and Ozil.
Senior players still hold the Frenchman in the highest regard and respect him as a nice man and good manager. But they simply do not do as much work on tactics or preparation as some other big clubs, and they were horribly exposed by Bayern.