'No accountability' for Arsenal players under Arsene Wenger, says Ian Wright

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Arsene Wenger said his Arsenal future is not in his hands, insisting he is only an "employee" at the Premier League club amid growing pressure on the long-serving French manager.

The Gunners host Manchester City at the Emirates on Thursday night, hoping to make amends following the chastening 3-0 defeat issued by Pep Guardiola's side in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

But in 2018, fourteen years after he last led the Gunners to a domestic league title, that time has surely passed. They are basically Everton from last season. "The owner has to take a lot of blame for this", he said.

Wenger was handed a new two-year deal last summer despite a fifth-place Premier League finish. "Yes", he replied. "But the decision belongs to him".

In has come Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment, and former Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi arrived as head of football relations.

"There are excuses (from Wenger), he is mollycoddling a team", Wright told BBC radio. There is a growing fear the club will continue to fall behind while the Frenchman is at the helm, ' Mokbel writes.

Kompany went close with a deflected effort and the next time the Belgian defender found himself in the Arsenal box, he poked out a leg to divert Ilkay Gundogan's low cross into the net.

"That is part of the modern game", he said.

The young striker had been missing since the end of a year ago in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, but two months later made his return as he came on in the 77th minute. "Arsenal sources claim there will be an 'adult conversation", where his performance will be reviewed. The problem for a manager is to take the best out of a team. That was brought into stark reality after the Wembley defeat on Sunday, ' Cross writes.

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins says the current Arsenal team is among the worst he's seen.

Guardiola said Aguero, Silva and Kompany were three legends who had helped turn the club from perennial under-achievers into regular trophy winners, capable of going toe to toe with the heavyweights of Europe and challenging regularly for honours.

Mesut Ozil was also handed the most lucrative contract in the club's history to prevent the German World Cup victor following Alexis Sanchez out of the club in January.

Arsenal has always been accused of lacking leadership and authority at center back and central midfield, and nowhere was this more apparent than in City's crucial first goal, when center half Shkodran Mustafi was muscled off the ball by Sergio Aguero from a long ball forward.