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ARSENE WENGER is facing the first dressing room crisis of his Arsenal career.

On the day of the Old Trafford clash which could kill off the Gunners' season entirely, unhappy stars are questioning the manager (above) over tactics and team selection.

Major rifts have also opened amongst the players with goalkeeper Manuel Almunia admitting he knows he is ‘hated' by rival Jens Lehmann.

Arsenal's Champions League progress had helped paper over the cracks.

Tension

But after losing to Liverpool in midweek, there is a growing tension between managers and some players.

One Gunners source said: "The turning point was going out of the FA Cup to Manchester United, the team hasn't recovered from that.

"Suddenly there are major inquests going on. Nobody can understand why Kolo Toure was played at right-back instead of centre-half in big games, everybody can see Emmanuel Eboue isn't a midfielder and there is too much pressure on Cesc Fabregas to carry the team.

"Arsene wants to play attractive, passing football but some of the senior players think he's breeding a team of youngsters who think it's OK to just play well without having to actually graft to win games.

"There isn't a winning mentality like there is at Manchester United or Chelsea. There doesn't seem to be a win-at-all-cost attitude."

Friction

Almunia went public on the breakdown in his relationship with Lehmann, admitting: "To have someone here who hates me is just amazing. I know he hates me.

"Every morning I know it's going to be the same but I don't care. I don't want any relationship with him any more."

There is also friction between skipper William Gallas and some of the younger players.

And the growing resentment with Nicklas Bendtner was highlighted when only Theo Walcott congratulated him for his goal against Liverpool last weekend.

Alumunia revealed Wenger dislikes tension. The keeper said: "The boss is trying to build a team of kind people. He doesn't like arguments."

Many believe Wenger is missing the influence of former vice-chairman David Dein, who left the club a year ago.

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I third that!

He's dealing with a load of children and that includes Lehman. He needs to bring in some real characters like Adams and Keown, though they might be a bit passed it now!!

Players like Gallas are great athletes but a small bit dim. I doubt he'll change much in the summer though.

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Bendtner comes across as a right arrogant wee fucker. Can't blame his team-mates for not wanting to be involved with him. He was unlucky on a few occasions not to score off the bench today, mind.

Also, Lehmann is completely in the wrong regarding the goalies situation. He seems to think his place should be guaranteed no matter how many howlers he makes, how many bad games he has or how many ludicrous bookings he collects. At this moment in time, Almunia is a better goalkeeper, Lehmann is past it and can't hack it that he's been ousted.

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Lehmann is a pain....always moaning and making trouble...he should have been punted back to Germany.

its wierd with Arsenal...after Man U pounded them in the cup it seemed something broke. They have played some great football but strangely don't get the results...you could see it against Man U ...the Man U players had the spirit to fight and graft to victory

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its wierd with Arsenal...after Man U pounded them in the cup it seemed something broke. They have played some great football but strangely don't get the results...you could see it against Man U ...the Man U players had the spirit to fight and graft to victory

At that Strapon will be the next Arsenal manager, "ah think any undependent fan would say we dusurved to win thae last five games." :lol:

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Aye, we need players in who can play Arsenal's style of football yet are willing to dig in and graft for 90 minutes. It's all well and good playing the beautiful game as it should be played, but we only need to look as far as Rangers to see that sometimes winning isn't always beautiful!

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