Sky Sports News HQs Rob Dorsett is in Barcelona ahead of Arsenals Champions League clash and has been speaking with Gunners fans about the future of manager Arsene Wenger. Ask any Arsenal fan here for the game at the Nou Camp, and the same pained expression comes across their face. It hurts them to even think about it. But, with Arsenal facing another last-16 exit from the Champions League, just three days after being knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Watford, theyll tell you the situation is becoming critical.Its the main topic among the travelling groups, in every tapas restaurant and bar along Los Ramblas - and they are divided almost 50-50. Arsenal supporters are realistic about beating Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 second-leg tie The man is an Arsenal man, says one fan. A legend. It should be his choice when he goes. I can see him walking, I honestly can. I cant say a word against him, but there has to be change. We are just going nowhere. We just arent good enough to compete with the likes of Barcelona - one Champions League semi-final in 10 years tells its own story.Its all weve heard among Arsenal fans over here. Its been the only topic of conversation. I will never go on telly and call for him to go. Im 28, and Wenger is all Ive ever known. He is Mr Arsenal. But we are now at a stage where enough is enough. Sometimes change isnt a bad thing. Wengers Arsenal have won the FA Cup for the last two seasons - but crashed out at home to Watford last weekend Its horrible seeing the in-fighting among Arsenal fans right now. He should go. But I hate seeing that banner, the one that says Thanks for the memories, Arsene as the fans row between themselves, and some fight to take it down. We have to get behind the team, and save the arguments until the end of the season.Every Arsenal fan seems to share the sentiment about what Wenger has done for their club, and for English football, over the past two decades. But at least half of the fans Ive spoken to - and maybe more than half - think that its time for a change. Some Arsenal fans held up a banner calling for Arsene Wenger during Arsenals FA Cup win at Hull Its time for him to step down, says another fan I spoke to. He shouldve done it at end of last season, because now hes starting to become something of a villain for the fans and thats very hard to take, seeing a man whos done so much for the club becoming hated by so many.Hes our greatest ever manager, we can never repay him for what hes done. But there has to come a time when he has to move on, and that time is now. Its overdue.Hes always going to be a legend at our club for what hes done, but I just think its time for a fresh face, fresh ideas. Wenger has had the same ideas for years. That was fair enough when we were paying off the stadium debt. He managed the club very well in that time. But I find it hard to believe there arent better players out there we couldve bought since then. Can Arsenal salvage season? Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith surveys the scene at the Emirates Not one Arsenal fan Ive spoken to believes they can overturn a 2-0 deficit in the Nou Camp. Though a few believe they can get a result that can rejuvenate the squad (and re-engage the fans) for the games that remain this season.We need a bit of passion. Its too late this time. But Im a football fan and an Arsenal fan. Theyre the best team in the world. Their front three is unbelievable in Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Its done now, as a contest. I just hope we give a good account of ourselves.Ive been to Munich and Monaco when weve been two goals behind, and weve gone close. If we get an early goal, you never know. Arsenal fans would prefer Leicester to win the Premier League rather than see Tottenham crowned champions Leicesters victory over Newcastle opened up a five-point gap to second-placed Tottenham in the Premier League title race, and an 11-point gap to Arsenal. No-one Ive met here in Barcelona thinks Arsenal can catch Leicester - but all of them are united in their support of the Foxes - just so long as it prevents their north London rivals claiming the title.Its too big a gap for us now, and we just arent in any sort of form to put a run together, says one. It would be great to see Leicester win it - a great story. Just so long as its not our noisy neighbours down the road! We will all be backing Leicester now.But I think Spurs will win it. And that kills me to say, but I think theyve got the easier run in. Of course Id rather see Leicester win it rather than Spurs, every day of the week. 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CINCINNATI It is a brief three-game homestand for the Cincinnati Reds, but already the absence of Jay Bruce is being felt in the home clubhouse, although a dramatic walk-off win on Tuesday night helped temper emotions.Shortstop Zack Cozart who managed to survive Mondays non-waiver trade deadline, took over Bruces locker space, albeit with mixed emotions.Hes one of my best friends, if not my best friend, Cozart said of Bruce. Im going to miss him for sure. Im happy to be here. I want to be with Reds. We both wanted to be here.As it turned out, Cozart too was absent from the Reds lineup on Tuesday with a bruised right ring finger. His status is day-to-day heading into the second game of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.The Cardinals will try to rebound from a tough 7-5 loss in which Scott Schebler, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville in the wake of the Bruce deal belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to win it.St. Louis has dropped three straight and now trails the first-place Chicago Cubs by nine games in the National League Central. The Cardinals also trail Miami by a half game for the second wild card spot.Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha (6-7, 4.38 ERA) will oppose Reds left-hander Cody Reed (0-5, 7.07 ERA) Wednesday.Reed, one of three left-handers acquired from the Kansas City Royals last season in exchange for Johnny Cueto, is still looking for his first career victory in his eighth start.There have been flashes of brilliance for Reed who is considered among the best of several promising young arms in the Reds organization. He is the first Reds pitcher since Cueto to have at least nine strikeouts in his major league debut.Reed will be facing St. Louis for the first time.Wacha is 44-1 with a 3.dddddddddddd.75 ERA in his last 10 starts. He allowed three runs and four hits in six innings while getting a win Thursday in Miami.The Cardinals have dominated the Reds in recent years, winning 18 of the past 22 series and Wacha is 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 11 appearances vs. Cincinnati. In the last 11 series at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati has won just three.Dating to the 2003 season, St. Louis has gone 31-4-2 in 37 series between them. But, the Reds have the upper hand after winning the opener.The Cardinals made a flurry of player moves on Tuesday and more activity is expected later this week.Shortstop Aledmys Diaz was placed on the disabled list with a fractured thumb after being hit by a pitch, but St. Louis also welcomed back shortstop Jhonny Peralta and right field Brandon Moss from the DL.While hes not expected to be back for the Cincinnati series, St. Louis is hoping to have Matt Carpenter back in the fold by the end of the week Stephen Piscotty batted leadoff for the first time in his career on Tuesday.Were not that many days away from having another leadoff guy as an option, manager Mike Matheny said of Carpenter.For Cincinnati, Adam Duvall moved from left field to right field replacing Bruce. Schebler was recalled from Triple-A Louisville where he was batting .311 to take over Duvalls spot in left.With the trade deadline passed, players from both clubs can focus on playing baseball.We knew something was going to happen, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said of the Bruce trade. But it still stinks to see it happen. Im very happy to see him move on to a situation where he has a chance of winning. ' ' '
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