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Wenger facing fresh crisis as Arsenal with players disillusioned by lack of change

Date Posted,August 29, 2017

Arsene Wenger is facing a crisis as even Arsenal players have become disillusioned at the lack of change at the club.

Wenger’s future is under the spotlight again after a disastrous start to the campaign but there is fall-out in the dressing-room as senior players fear another disappointing season.

Gunners boss Wenger was under pressure to overhaul his coaching staff and squad but the only two arrivals have been £52m record signing Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac.

They are having a clear-out of the squad but if they sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – having agreed a £35m fee with Chelsea – then they will actually be in profit on their summer business.

Arsenal suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday (Image: Getty Images Europe)
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Former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann was appointed to the coaching staff while they also brought in fitness expert Darren Burgess – but players claim every aspect of training is the same as before.

Senior players fear that the uncertainty over Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain has spread apathy throughout the squad.

They believe some players do not care enough and do not believe they have bought enough quality to ­compete for silverware.

The future of Sanchez among others has brought the team into disrepute (Image: Getty)
It has been a frustrating week for Wenger (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Arsenal have blocked moves for Hactor Bellerin and Sanchez but at the same time have not shown ambition to challenge for trophies themselves by signing new players.

There is real disillusionment and disappointment among players who believed changes were coming this season.

Wenger is now left in the lower reaches of the table after losing two of their first three games and the fans are beginning to turn on him.

Ozil is still yet to sign a new contract at Arsenal (Image: Getty Images Europe)

The board is absolutely committed to Wenger and the view is that they decided to give him a new contract, committed to him for two more years and are not about to make a knee jerk reaction now.

Wenger is understood to have been genuinely shocked by the defeat at Liverpool but it is still more likely their business will come with outgoings rather than major new signings.

Manchester City could still yet come in for Sanchez but would have to bid around £70m to tempt Arsenal to sell, even though he only has one year left on his contract.

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