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04 March, 2018, 05:41
"Wenger Out" banners have become commonplace around The Emirates as Arsenal have struggled to challenge for a first Premier League title in 14 years.
Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane all scored wonderful first-half goals for City, who now require only five more wins to secure the Premier League title. "We go through a hard patch at the moment, and that's part of football unfortunately".
Arsenal fans opted to stay away as their team slumped to another humbling defeat by Manchester City on Thursday but, despite those in attendance voicing their anger, one man remains defiant in the face of scrutiny - manager Arsene Wenger.
Chelsea are fifth in the table and chasing a top-four finish to ensure qualification to next season's Champions League. Wenger must have been left wishing the fixture had fallen foul of the conditions as his players failed to weather another City storm. "The next six fixtures in the Premier League are bad in terms of the quality of our opponents".
The yawning gap between the two sides underlined how far Arsenal have fallen behind the Premier League leaders and the fact the second game was played out in front of thousands of empty seats added to the sense that Wenger's 22-year reign is entering its final stage.
But while Atkinson knows fans want change, the former Manchester United and Aston Villa chief insists replacing the club's most successful manager isn't a guarantee success will return.
Guardiola spent in excess of £200million during the close season following a trophy-less initial campaign with City. He was irked by the questions posed to him by the media in his post-match press conference.
They can still qualify for Europe's elite club competition, but to do so they will nearly certainly have to win the Europa League in which they meet AC Milan in the last 16.
"But I am always relaxed about speculation and what not". We have got to make sure we look after our own business, play to the levels that we have been playing at. "It is down to how you respond and the focus and effort you show to turn things around". "We are third in the Premier League, we are still in the Champions League and I think we are in a very good position".
Gunners goalkeeper Cech had no complaints about the supporters' fury, saying: "I understand the frustration of the fans".
"I'm sorry but we are so good", tweeted City's sidelined but nonetheless entertaining left back Benjamin Mendy, and there was a sense that people were feeling sorry for Arsenal and their manager who looked as much the underdogs as they ever have.