Arsenal latest: Questions over Wenger's future as City outcast is linked

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Arsenal's title bid feels like a long time ago, as the Gunners are now in a real fight to maintain their status as a top four side in the Premier League. Sunday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton has cut their lead over the fifth placed Toffees to just one point, and Roberto Martinez's side also have a game in hand - meaning that fate is in their hands for the rest of the season.

Fans are understandably frustrated at the latest collapse, and there are now lingering question marks over the future of manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has continually said that he will sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, but with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, there is concern over why Wenger is stalling - to the point where the man who arrived in 1996 from Nagoya Grampus Eight hasn't even discussed his future with the other coaches at the club.

It's a topic that has set tongues wagging, with Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson admitting that he wouldn't be surprised if Wenger did end up leaving North London at the end of the season, in a similar way to how Sir Alex Ferguson departed Manchester United at the end of last season.

“I’m a huge admirer of Arsène Wenger. He has done a wonderful job for many years at Highbury and the Emirates. But it is looking as if the magic is gone. He is no longer working the miracles that he used to and Arsenal’s fans are becoming increasingly frustrated by that," said former Liverpool defender Lawrenson.

“Delivering the FA Cup might just be the best way to bring the curtain down on what used to be the best show in town. Maybe Arsène himself could turn around and say: ‘Thanks for everything, I’m going to move on’.”

Meanwhile, the Gunners are still no closer to resolving the future of French full back Bacary Sagna, whose contract is also set to run out at the end of the season, and with that in mind, Arsenal have been linked with a move for out-of-favour Manchester City defender Micah Richards. The former England international has struggled to displace Pablo Zabaleta in Manuel Pellegrini's line-up this season, and with Arsenal potentially needing a right back, giving Richards a fresh start could be on the cards.

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