Arsene Wenger's nightmare week gets worse

After the 6-0 defeat at Chelsea, and a tame 2-2 draw against Swansea, the death of the Frenchman's first coach, Max Hild, is sure to hurt the Arsenal boss.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been rocked by the news his first coach Max Hild has passed away at the age of 81, to compound the Frenchman's misery after a chastening week.

The Gunners boss' 1,000th game in charge of the club ended in disaster as his side meekly surrendered in a 6-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Three days later, as he sought a reaction from his troops, they were only able to limp to a 2-2 draw against Swansea City and now the death of Wenger's mentor Hild rounds off a thoroughly miserable week for the Frenchman.

His side's title challenge has disintegrated in the face of speculation over his future and, while many people at the club still expect him to sign the contract on the table, there is tangible doubt over whether he will remain beyond the end of this season.

Wenger revealed in an interview with FourFourTwo some seven years ago that Hild had a massive impact on his playing career which began at AS Mutzig, where Hild was in charge.

Hild would go on to manage RC Strasbourg, where Wenger also played and won the Ligue 1 title in 1979.

He likened Wenger to former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour and the ex-Manchester United captain Roy Keane for his midfield qualities and was the inspiration behind some of the methods Wenger has implemented since his arrival in England.

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