By Matt Bullin

Former Chelsea and Celtic star Chris Sutton has claimed that Arsene Wenger runs Arsenal like a dictatorship.

Wenger, who has been in charge at the Gunners since 1996, has come under increasing scrutiny surrounding his future at the club following another average season and a particularly bad set of recent results.

Arsenal sit sixth in the Premier League and have only won once in their last five league games – a run which has seen them lose to West Brom, Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford.

They also suffered a devastating 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich which saw them crash out in the last-16 of the Champions League for the seventh successive season.

Sutton, a Premier League winner with Blackburn in 1995, weighed in on the Wenger debate while speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Monday Night Club.

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“[Wenger is like] an uncle who doesn’t want to leave the party,” Sutton said.

“It’s a dictatorship and he surrounds himself with yes men. I’m surprised Steve Bould doesn’t get hold of him and say this is the reality.

“He’s taking the club backwards. They have just accepted mediocrity. His work in the transfer market has been a failure lately.”

This comes after the Telegraph’s report which says that Wenger will soon announce his decision to stay at the club beyond the end of this season.

Wenger’s current contract is up in the summer but he has a two-year extension on the table.

In other Arsenal news, Arsenal fans react on Twitter to news Wenger is going to stay.

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