Arsenal's Worst Nightmare...

Arsenal fans could face the nightmare of losing both their skipper and manager next summer after Arsene Wenger admitted it will be his last chance to go elsewhere.

Wenger triumphed in his battle with Barcelona by keeping Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates for another season. But the Arsenal manager did not rule out leaving after this campaign. The chances of Fabregas staying, should his mentor go, are close to zero.

Wenger, who has previously been courted by Barcelona and Real Madrid, said: "If I go for a different challenge - I have been offered many challenges - it has to be now. That's a decision I have to make." Much may depend on whether Arsenal's youngsters can end their five-season wait for silverware. Should the Frenchman's youth development policy bear fruit, fans can expect him to see out his career at the north London club.

"If I extend my contract, it means I will finish my career at club level at Arsenal,' said Wenger, before turning his attention to his team's chances of translating their exciting football into trophies. "We have to make that final hurdle, and that's linked with belief, experience and maturity. I think we can make the difference because the team is growing and this year will not be the same animal as last year. They will go into the big games and say, come on, let's show who we are now," he added.

Despite his words, Wenger wants to bring in another centre back and an experienced goalkeeper, although he is having the same kind of frustration as Barca over Fabregas. Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker and Montpellier's Emir Spahic are targets in goal, but their clubs wish to retain the stars. The same goes for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. Boss Mark Hughes said he had no intention of sanctioning the 37-year-old's dream move across the capital.

Having seemingly lost faith in Manuel Almunia, and with Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny letting in five between them in a 6-5 friendly win away to Legia Warsaw on Saturday, Wenger will hope to change Hughes's mind with an offer of around £4million.

Exclusively by Simon Cass

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