"Arsene Wenger" (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

It is time to give Arsene Wenger a break. Whenever the Gunners go through a difficult spell, some supporters immediately turn to place the blame on Wenger; a man who has Arsenal’s best interests at heart.

The Frenchman stood tall during the club’s barren run but two FA Cup victories in as many years has helped to transform the mood on the Emirates Stadium terraces. However, some believe that Wenger should now lose his job, especially if Arsenal miss out on the top four this season.

Arsenal fans will be looking forward to trips at Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion – and with good reason. The Gunners have struggled to inspire confidence at home since the turn of the year and Wenger’s men may appreciate a few road fixtures.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s passionate away supporters will be excited at the prospect of a much-needed victory over a top-four rival at Anfield; Jurgen Klopp’s side are struggling themselves and the Gunners could take full advantage if Wenger gets his tactics and game plan right.

A survey conducted by Voucherbox found that Arsenal fans actually save close to £200 by following their side around the country rather than watching the Gunners week in, week out at the Emirates Stadium. Saving money is helpful but at the end of the day, the three points are all that matters to most fans – and another win in the fight for the Champions League spots could prove vital come the end of May; Arsenal will be quietly confident of securing a top-four finish for the 21st season in a row.

Wenger’s men had lost four of their previous nine Premier League games before securing a two-nil victory over Hull City on February 11th but it is Arsenal’s poor form against England’s elite sides that has their fans worried.

With that fixture against Liverpool approaching and key clashes with both Manchester clubs and arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur to come, the Gunners must find some way of turning their form around or else a fifth-placed finish could quickly become a reality.

Arsenal are currently fourth in the table; just two points behind Manchester City in second but Gunners fans will be looking nervously over their shoulder. Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Sadio Mane whilst Manchester United, unbeaten in 16 Premier League games, have finally found their feet under Jose Mourinho.

England’s top flight is more competitive than ever before and fans must remember that before going hammer and tongs towards the Frenchman for his deficiencies. At one point, Wenger was one of the best managers in world football...

With 13 matches remaining, there are still plenty of points to be won and lost in the coming months and the top-four pendulum will swing multiple ways before the end of May. Arsenal MUST improve if they are to contend with England’s elite sides and Wenger will have to take some responsibility if the Gunners miss out; but he isn’t the only man to blame.

Mesut Ozil, once one of Arsenal’s shining lights, has gone missing since rumours over his future started to surface in November and Wenger could do with the Germany star finding his best form as the business end of the season.

Is Arsene Wenger fully to blame if the Gunners miss out? Give the man a break – the underlying problem at Arsenal is much bigger than the manager.