Arsenal must beat Barcelona by at least three goals if Arsene Wenger is to have any chance of keeping his job as Gunners manager.
As is customary in the first three months of any year, Arsenal have totally collapsed and now have only the Champions League left to play for this season.
2-0 down from the first leg thanks to Lionel Messi’s brace, Wenger is facing huge criticism from his own fans who believe he has overstayed his welcome in North London and must go.
And rightly so.
It’s fair to say that this Premier League season has been one of the best since its inception in 1992.
It’s also fair to say that Arsenal should have won it at a canter, with their rivals all enduring poor campaigns.
In the summer, Wenger brought Petr Cech to the club and it looked like the Gunners were one step closer to having a side capable of winning the title.
But while a world class goalkeeper can do his bit, he can’t sort out the mental frailties that swamp the club around the turn of the year.
In true Wenger style, once Cech signed in the summer, the Frenchman slammed shut the chequebook and declared himself done with the transfer market.
And now he’s wondering why fans are calling for his head after 19 years.
Arsenal have been poor since the start of the season, and were lucky to make it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
They did turn in an excellent performance to beat Bayern Munich at home, but they haven’t looked like recreating that kind of display ever since.
When the Champions League draw showed no mercy and pitted them against Barcelona – another almost annual occurance – Wenger had one last shot at making something of this season.
But Messi’s double has all but killed off the Gunners going into the second leg, and Arsenal need a miracle if they are to get through to the quarter finals.
This summer will be the biggest in Premier League history in terms of managerial changes.
Manchester United are ready to axe Louis van Gaal and Chelsea will appoint Guus Hiddink’s successor. Pep Guardiola will try his hand in England, while Jurgen Klopp will have his first summer in charge of Liverpool.
Not saying you should stick your head in a fire if all your mates are doing it or anything, but Arsenal are in danger of being left in the dust.
The four mentioned will all vastly improve their squads this summer, but we already know what Wenger will do if he’s still in charge.
There might be one big signing, followed by a few promising youngsters who we don’t see for another two or three years.
And that’s not good enough for Arsenal anymore, and that’s why Wenger needs to seriously consider his position, or be sacked.
Barcelona are ready to put the final nail in the coffin tonight, and ensure Wenger’s Arsenal career doesn’t come back from the dead.