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Time running out for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal fans make feelings known

Arsenal fans opted to stay away as their team slumped to another humbling defeat by Manchester City on Thursday but, despite those in attendance voicing their anger, one man remains defiant in the face of scrutiny -- manager Arsene Wenger.

The official attendance at The Emirates Stadium was 58,240, although the rows of empty red plastic seats suggested a far lower number had braved the bitter London cold.

Those who did turn up were forced to sit through a City masterclass, as the Premier League leaders stylishly completed a first league double over Arsenal in 42 years, with the hosts putting up nothing more than token resistance.

Trailing 3-0 at halftime, and desperately seeking points to stay in touch with the top four, Arsenal could only muster two shots in the second half, having managed eight in the first.

The humiliating defeat left them 10 points adrift of the Champions League qualifying places, with the fourth and final spot currently occupied by their bitter local rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Boos rang around The Emirates on several occasions.

FA Cup success has been Wenger's saving grace, with three triumphs in the previous four years, but the Europa League is Arsenal's only chance of winning silverware this season.

They face in-form AC Milan in the last 16 of Europe's second-tier competition this month knowing they must lift the trophy to book a place in next season's Champions League.

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