Betting: Arsenal's Champions League hopes in tatters but will Wenger stay at the Emirates?

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A 5-1 mauling by Bayern Munich has all but consigned the Gunners to another last 16 exit and it's now Evens that their manager is in place next season

Consistency is a very popular buzzword in modern football and Arsenal appear the perfect example of a club who can seemingly achieve a certain standard year after year. For those wondering, it's 10/11 (1.91) that the Gunners achieve a top four finish in the Premier League this season.

Unfortunately, that consistency isn't always a positive, especially when it comes to their Champions League exploits. The previous six editions have seen the Gunners crash out of the competition in the first knockout round and they are an industry best 33/1 (34.0) to turn around their last 16 tie with Bayern Munich after a 5-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena.

In truth, the deficit could have been even worse had David Ospina not made several impressive second half saves. Arsenal are 15/8 (2.88) to win the second leg at home, while Carlo Ancelotti's men are available at 13/10 (2.30) to inflict another defeat on the North London club. The draw is 12/5 (3.40) with the same firm.


The Bundesliga champions are now just 11/4 (3.75) to win the Champions League, with Arsenal priced at 250/1 (251.0) in places.

There has been some support for the Arsene Wenger "Next Manager To Leave" market at around 25/1 (26.0) in the immediate aftermath of the Munich mauling but in truth, the 67-year-old will make his own mind up about when to call time on his career at the Emirates, despite the vocal frustrations of some corners of the Gunners fan base.

With a further two-year contract extension seemingly available this summer, should the Frenchman wish to continue, it could be a while before Arsenal fans see a new face in the dugout, or indeed, the stands, where Wenger spent the four previous games.

The bookmakers are certainly sceptical on the subject of an extension though, and with his contract expiring this summer, Paddy Power go 8/11 (1.73) that Wenger is not in charge for the first day of the 2017/18 season. It's Evens (2.0) that he remains in place.

When the time comes though, who could take over at the helm? Paddy Power make Max Allegri the 7/2 (4.50) favourite at the moment, with Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel available at 4/1 (5.0) to join his predecessor Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League.


Eddie Howe is a 5/1 (6.0) chance to make what would be a considerable step up in pressure, budget and expectation by going from Bournemouth to Arsenal. Such an appointment could certainly be seen as a risk, given the 39-year-old's relative lack of experience at the very top of the footballing pyramid.

Current Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez could be set for a Premier League return with the Magpies next season and it's 12/1 (13.0) he is the next Arsenal boss following Wenger's departure, the same price as former player Patrick Viera, who has been learning his craft on the side-lines at New York City FC.

Germany head coach Joachim Low is a 14/1 (15.0) shot in the same market while Ronald Koeman, often linked with a potential vacancy at Barcelona in the not too distant future, is 16/1 (17.0) to swap Merseyside for North London.

One man who will surely command plenty of top class offers is Diego Simeone, the Atletico Madrid boss having done extremely well during his time in the Spanish capital and his side could be set for another impressive Champions League campaign this term. The 46-year-old is available at 25/1 (26.0) to be Wenger's replacement.

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