Opposition view: Are Arsenal anti-Arsene?

Arsenal were one of the favourites to win the Premier League at Christmas.

Opposition view: Are Arsenal anti-Arsene?
The heat is on Arsene Wenger this season (photo: Getty Images)

Scan back a few months and this weekend's Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal looked as if it would be crucial for both sides. However, Watford have nothing but position left to play for as they dropped out of Europa League contention, whilst Arsenal have fallen out of the title race.

Is a fresh start required?

As another season that looked so promising for Arsenal looks like it will end trophyless, the question surrounding North London is whether the Gunners are ready to part company with their established leader. There have been waves of disgruntled musings coming from the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks, with Arsenal falling eleven points behind league leaders Leicester City.

It is a familiar tale for Arsenal fans who are getting used to a side of superstars bottling their decent position in the Premier League when it really matters. The blow has been softened with FA Cup success in the past two seasons, but with Watford knocking them out in this season's quarter-finals, patches of the Emirates fanbase are calling for Arsene Wenger's head.

Will Wenger walk or be pushed?

The problem for Arsenal is that the Frenchman almost possesses too many achievements at the club to be sacked. Wenger has led his side to 15 trophies in almost 20 years, including the Premier League title on three occasions. Some mutterings from within the club suggest he pretty much runs the European giant, despite a reluctance to spend big money on top class international players as the fans wish.

Arsenal fans seem to be mixed between those keen for a fresh start and others who are hanging on to their past glories. Can the board really sack a man that has brought 15 trophies to the club? The only other option is for Wenger to walk, but with seemingly a finger in every pudding around the club, such a scenario is looking unlikely for the proud Frenchman.

Arsenal can still mathematically win the league but the odds are stacked against them. After 12 years without a league title, magnified by rivals Tottenham Hotspur pushing for the famous trophy, Wenger finds himself under arguably the most pressure of his career at 66 years of age. Is it time for Arsene to hang up his coat or can he bring glory back to the Emirates Stadium?