Arsenal unlikely to finish in EPL top four: Laurent Koscielny

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According to a report from ESPN, Arsenal Football club have a preferred successor to manager Arsene Wenger in mind and it's Germany boss Joachim Low.

Laurent Koscielny admits he and his Arsenal team-mates are in a "negative spiral".

Wenger confirmed that right-back Hector Bellerin will miss the game with an inflamed left knee, having trained on Wednesday but then staying in London after feeling too much pain.

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"When you have bad results its always bad for the team", he said.

In the meantime, he has taken aim at Arsenal Fan TV, suggesting those involved are not true Gunners supporters.

With the club in disarray following four successive defeats - a report claimed that three of their stars had been scapegoated following Sunday's defeat at Brighton - plenty of talk has turned to who will replace Arsene Wenger should the club opt to call time on the long-serving Frenchman's reign. In the summer he joined from Chelsea, Wojciech Szczesny left the club for Italy to soon become Gianluigi Buffon's successor at Juventus.

Milan are eight games unbeaten in Serie A and have lost only once in Europe this season, scoring 27 goals in a campaign including two qualifying rounds.

Arsenal have somewhat of a striker crisis as Alexandre Lacazette remains injured while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to play.

If Arsenal are to move past Milan and into the next round, they must find a way to effectively build up play through sustained possession against a side that's shown an ability to withstand opposition attacks - something Arsenal has struggled with as of late.

Manchester City followed up a 3-0 Carabao Cup final victory over Arsenal at Wembley nine days ago with an emphatic Premier League triumph by the same scoreline at Emirates Stadium. Far more doable. Consistently competing for top four?

A draw is available at 5/2 odds at Bet365, and an away win is priced at 11/4 odds at William Hill.

"The players don't want any particular manager to come in - some speak about Thierry Henry, Carlo Ancelotti and even Rafa Benitez - but they are really frustrated". You have to earn the right to play that kind of football and you can not just rock up on the pitch to win.

While AC Milan are seventh in the league table at the moment, the Rossoneri are going into the last 16 tie with momentum behind them due to their form under new coach Gennaro Gattuso.

Arsene Wenger should prioritise the League Cup in the pursuit of silverware.

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