Things have started to go downhill for Arsenal this month. After their 7-3 thrashing of Newcastle United at the end of December, many thought Arsene Wenger’s men were in the ascendancy. But a disappointing 1-1 draw with relegation threatened Southampton followed, along with an FA Cup scare against Swansea and defeats to two of the Gunners’ top-four rivals Manchester City and lately Chelsea, which leaves them with a mountain to climb to make the top four.

Arsenal have been on a barren run of seven years without winning a trophy now, and you have to wonder how long Wenger can stay with the club. He joined them in 1996 and has won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, but patience is beginning to wear a little thin among the Arsenal faithful.

Yesterday we told you that French side Paris Saint-Germain are plotting a huge £30 million offer to bring Wenger back to his home country and take over from incumbent manager Carlo Ancelotti, with the rich Qatari owners ­prepared to hand him a £10 million-a-year, three-year ­contract to take over at the Parc des Princes next season.

Could it be that Wenger’s 17-year tenure is drawing to a close?

If it is, here are five managers who could replace him at the Emirates.

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This article was first posted on January 21, 2013