Beleaguered Arsenal suffered another hammer blow yesterday, as sources revealed that embattled manager, Arsene Wenger is prepared to turn his back on the club, and has refused to deny that he has had talks with representatives of Manchester City.
Insiders admit that there is a distinct possibility that Roberto Mancini will get the chop, after City players refused to rally in support of the manager over the increasingly acrimonious Carlos Tevez affair. Suggesting that Mancini has lost control of the dressing room. That would be a move which could pave the way for the current Arsenal boss to be installed at City, where he would enjoy the kind of unlimited funding he could only ever dream of at the Emirates.
There seems little doubt that after six trophyless years, many loyal Arsenal supporters would be glad to see the back of the Frenchman with the notoriously tight purse strings, but Wenger's supporters remain convinced that Wenger is not to blame for the famous old club's current woes.
Most Arsenal fans agree that the switch from Highbury to the Emirates effectively put the club's financiers in a straitjacket, but they expected Arsene Wenger to see the crisis out and restore the club's prestige as transfer funds are eventually made available to shore up a squad which currently appears to be devoid of leadership and confidence.
They didn't in a million years expect Wenger to walk out on the club and brazenly join Manchester City, as his recent admission that he has spoken with Manchester City officials was made public for the first time.
"Of course I have spoken to Manchester City officials," Wenger admitted. "I always speak to Manchester City officials when Arsenal play them. I speak to officials from every club, on the day of the game, when they are the opposition. What are you implying? Mon Dieu - you're just going to concoct another story aren't you? Leave us alone! Do you not think we have problems enough? Be off wiz you, you cheeky boy!"
More as we get it.