Wenger calls for VAR in Premier League after Arsenal beaten at Newcastle

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And Murphy believes Wilshere would be a good signing for Manchester City.

The sorry decline of Arsenal under Arsene Wenger continued on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle at St. James' Park.

Perhaps more embarrassingly, no other club in England's top five leagues has failed to pick up a point away from home in 2018. Last season, he failed to bring the Gunners to a top-four finish and his team was thrown out of Champions League action. Still, anything West Brom can do. Fatalism. Futility. The patches of empty seats that have become more and more prevalent at the Emirates since the turn of the year are the worrying result of a support base's dwindling interest, where not even a European semi-final can rouse them from their lethargy.

But the drift at the Emirates has gone on for so long, become so deep and entrenched, that Wenger resembles a exhausted old man out of ideas in contrast to Guardiola.

There have always been calls for Arsene Wenger to be sacked or resign from the London club after managing for over 20 years.

Arsenal's current season is beyond any hope or fix.

There is so much wrong with Arsenal under Wenger and so little for their supporters to be enthusiastic or optimistic about.

One reason why this has happened could be because of Arsene Wenger.

The 24-year-old epitomised the malaise at Arsenal prior to his £35 million move to Anfield last August, with the midfielder's career having stalled under Wenger's management.

It was the away side who emerged the more alert of the two at the start of the second half as they probed for space in between the Newcastle defence.

On the other hand, Arsène Wenger made six changes to his side after their game in Russian Federation in midweek, with youngster Joe Willock given his first Premier League start having only been named on the substitutes bench once this season in the league.

Fans appear to have voted with their feet in recent weeks, with plenty of empty seats visible during home games as a protest towards Wenger remaining as manager, which is an issue set to be discussed with the Frenchman by the club's hierarchy at the end of the season. The alternative does not bear thinking about.

Instead, he should start the countdown to the end of his reign and try to go out on a high in the Europa League.