EPL: Arsenal players hold meeting, blame Wenger for club's failures

German centre back Shkodran Mustafi was embarrassed by Manchester City's Leroy Sane

Manager Arsene Wenger is once again under severe pressure and many believe this season will end up being his last after nearly 22 years at the club.

"We needed the penalty to get going, to gain a bit of momentum, and that was the killer basically of the game after that", he said.

City are an fantastic 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League with just 10 games to play and produced another masterclass on Thursday night, cruising to a 3-0 win at Arsenal.

"I knew before the game the first half would be hard for us after what happened on Sunday and we needed at least to be level at half-time".

"We want to be champions and every game we win we go nearer".

But the Frenchman himself says he won't have any problems picking himself up off the floor.

"We made an incredible three goals", Guardiola said afterwards. I don't deny City's quality but we're going through a hard patch.

"You go up by the stairs and come down by the lift - that's what is confidence", added Wenger.

It's run as a really good business and Wenger has been a steady hand for more than 2 decades but you get a sense that it's time to inject some passion into a club that is really just going through the motions right now.

The Blues are 22 points behind Pep Guardiola's champions-elect and are bidding to avoid a third-straight Premier League away loss for the first time in five years.

It threatened to get more galling for Wenger and his side when Sane scored a goal of his own, finishing Kyle Walker's cross at the end of a slick attack.

"But of course we can not deny today was a tough game after we beat Arsenal four days ago, come back here in front of their fans, they have pride".

"I don't know what will happen at the end of the season, but I will always support Arsene for what he did for me back in the days at Monaco and also at Arsenal".

David Silva doubled the scoreline in the 28th after Sane again outfoxed Arsenal's defense, this time turning past Shkodran Mustafi to cut toward goal.

"It is down to how you respond and the focus and effort you show to turn things around".

Gunners goalkeeper Cech had no complaints about the supporters' fury, saying: "I understand the frustration of the fans".