The Daily Mail’s Sam Mokbel, who covers Arsenal closely and seems to have more connections than ‘Arsenal man’ John Cross, has claimed that the Arsenal squad no longer believe that Arsene Wenger is the man to take the club forward.

Writing in an article about the Arsenal board drawing up a shortlist of managers to replace Wenegr n the summer, Mobel says, “It is understood there is a feeling among Arsenal’s squad that Wenger is no longer the man to take the team forward.

“There is a growing fear the club will continue to fall behind while the Frenchman is at the helm. Some players are seeking routes out of the club, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin linked with potential moves away.”

sam mokbel daily mail 27 february 2018
Sam Mokbel writing in Daily Mail 27 February 2018

While it’s hard to know how true this is, the team are certainly playing like a bunch of players who have no faith in the manager, but that alone is not enough to explain why they were so awful at Wembley on Sunday.

Regardless of what has gone on before, the Arsenal team could always be trusted to turn up for a final at the national stadium, surprising many with their application and attitude.

On Sunday, they surprised us all for a very different reason by bringing their horrendous travelling league form to what was their best chance of a trophy against a Manchester City side who were good, but nowhere near their best as they also struggled to cope with the nerves that came with the first domestic final for many of them.