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Arsenal make Massimiliano Allegri top target to replace Wenger

Arsenal make Massimiliano Allegri top target to replace Wenger

"This team still have issues despite the 3-0 win at the weekend but they are slowly getting a response".

Aaron Ramsey has admitted the Europa League is now Arsenal's best chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League, putting added emphasis on Thursday's round-of-16 second leg against AC Milan.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been at Arsenal for less than two months, but that hasn't stopped the fiercely-driven star from ruffling a few feathers as he tries to lead the Gunners to Europa League glory.

The Gunners lost four games in a row before beating AC Milan and Watford, including a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. "We've got the advantage of knowing we messed up the first leg and now we know what we've got to do".

The Italian, 50, has won 71% of his games in charge of Juventus, winning three Serie A titles whilst taking the club to two Champions League finals, making him one of the top managers in Europe - and Arsenal may now hope to lure him away from Italy this summer.

"I think I've shown in 22 years that I can do that, that I'll respect everyone's opinion and focus on my job with total commitment", Wenger said.

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And it is that willingness to face potentially damaging situations that prompted him to issue a defiant challenge to Arsenal's furious fans this week.

However, Wenger says Lacazette took part in a full session outside today at London Colney and will be available again after the upcoming worldwide break.

While speaking to Sky Sports, Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged the club to replace Arsene Wenger with former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Alexandre Lacazette will miss the match following knee surgery, but is expected return to action following the worldwide break.

"We saw how good they are", he said.

The absence of Aubameyang places extra pressure on Mkhitaryan and judging by his initial impact in an Arsenal shirt he will be up to the task.