sport news Should this be Arsene Wenger’s final season at Arsenal?

Sunday's embarrassing defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final has left Arsene Wenger under more pressure than ever before.

The Gunners will review the Frenchman's position this summer — with the prospect of ending his 22-year reign now emerging as a genuine option.

Today, we have asked our top team of reporters - should this be Wenger’s last season at Arsenal? Here’s what they said... 

Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure to step down as Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure to step down as Arsenal manager

Sunday's embarrassing defeat to Manchester City was the latest blow to his reign

Sunday's embarrassing defeat to Manchester City was the latest blow to his reign

CRAIG HOPE

Absolutely. It's boring now. In fact, it has been for a long time. For a manager who was such an innovator, he himself has not evolved. 

Mesut Ozil is a player who epitomises the problems at Arsenal - talented on his day yet wishy-washy for the large part. Yet Wenger allows him to be rewarded with a new contract on a wage which is sure to create problems down the line with others in the squad. And how does Ozil respond? By turning in a pathetic performance in the League Cup final. 

Wenger has been a great manager and remains a great man (I always find him charming, polite and erudite when he visits the North East), but his time has come to go. Indeed, it now feels like he has long since outstayed his welcome. The club needs new energy and new ideas. 

Mesut Ozil flattered to deceive against Man City despite being rewarded with a new deal

Mesut Ozil flattered to deceive against Man City despite being rewarded with a new deal

IAN HERBERT 

Yes it should – and the tragedy is that he’s so blind to that fact. 

The rationale is purely down to man management. If he cannot inspire his players to give their all in the only domestic tournament left available to them, then all hope of rediscovering the old intensity has gone. 

Any successful side needs a managerial edge: to live in fear of the consequences of failure. Arsenal don’t. 

We know from the experience that rebuilding after 20+ years of managerial tenure can take three or four seasons at least. Wenger’s departure just cannot come soon enough. 

The Frenchman's floundering Arsenal team do not live in fear of the consequences of failure

The Frenchman's floundering Arsenal team do not live in fear of the consequences of failure

LAURIE WHITWELL 

It should have been Arsene Wenger’s last season in charge about five years ago, when the innovation had long dried up and the stagnation had clearly set in. 

Wenger’s grip on the game has loosened where everything now feels reactive rather than proactive and consequently Arsenal will never catch up on those teams above them while he is in charge. 

The club needs to make giant leaps but is only shuffling along while others stride past. The battle for the Champions League places is beyond Arsenal now and even if they muddle to win the Europa League, that should be Wenger’s time to bow out.

Wenger checks his watch during Sunday's disappointing defeat in the Carabao Cup final

Wenger checks his watch during Sunday's disappointing defeat in the Carabao Cup final

JOE BERNSTEIN 

It would be surprising if many people could make a case for Arsene Wenger continuing beyond this season, even if they win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.

He has lifted three trophies in four seasons and just reached a final but in the biggest competitions, the Premier League and Champions League, there is irrefutable evidence that Arsenal are getting further and further behind their competitors.

Arsenal have been in steady decline for years with regards to their transfer policy, coaching

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