In the wake of the weekend’s defeat to Premier League champions elect Chelsea, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken a hammering from all corners of The Emirates.
There have been multiple calls for the Frenchman to step down, after over 20 years in charge, with the north London club’s title challenge looking all but over for another season.
There can be salvage for the former Monaco boss, however, should he manage to steer his side past a Champions League round of 16 tie with German giants Bayern Munich and into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010, when they were knocked out by Barcelona.
Whilst the disappointment Arsenal fans feel year upon year when the wheels, inevitably, come off their title challenge for one reason or another is understandable, the backlash towards Wenger has been more severe than ever this time around.
However, while there are many calling for his head, reports continue to swirl that he is set to be handed and new two-year deal at The Emirates, with some suggesting it has already been signed.
Whether or not Wenger will stay beyond the end of this season, when his current deal will have run it’s course, is still up for debate, one thing that, regardless of how many fans want him to leave, the 67-year-old will not be ousted until the current campaign is over.
With that in mind, after defeats to Watford and Chelsea in recent weeks, Wenger has called for unity from the Arsenal fan base and, whilst his claims that their title bid is still on may be questionable, he is spot on.
Most Gunners fans will understand that he is going nowhere and that, whether they like it or not, the Frenchman will be the one who decides when it is time to take a step back from the seat he has held for two decades.
The best case scenario, for everyone involved, then is that the side can build a strong run in both the Champions League and the FA Cup, which Wenger is looking to bring back to north London for the third time in four years.
Regardless of where they sit in terms of the Wenger debate, all Arsenal fans will want to see their side make a decent fist of their domestic and European cup campaigns and the best chance of achieve respectable showings in both is for the fans to be giving the full support to their manager and players.
The Gunners will get nowhere should the distraction of what fans are going to come out with on mediums such as Arsenal Fan TV after the game still looms over the squad.
Whether they like it or not Wenger is here to stay, for this season at the very least, and therefore needs every advantage to, even without a tangible title bid in the second half of the season, make it a memorable one.