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Wenger has endured arguably his most difficult period of his long tenure at Arsenal and with Manchester City to come after the international break, he is in a position where the trip to West Brom is hugely significant.

While Arsenal have reached the FA Cup semi-finals, their best win since the end of January is a victory over Hull City – a result which was considered fortunate given the decisions which went in their favour – and Wenger needs to show the club’s supporters that his players are still capable of convincing performances under his guidance.

Confidence is low in North London and matters have not been helped by the contract situations involving Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but the future will look brighter should Arsenal start to put wins together like earlier in the season.

Many accept that neither Ozil nor Sanchez will want to remain at the club past the end of their current deals but as far as the club is concerned, they need to ensure that they at least earn fourth place in the table by the end of the campaign.

They will do that should they win each of their last 12 contests – which is unrealistic – but they cannot afford to drop any more points, especially ahead of what will be a titanic tussle with City at the Emirates Stadium on April 2.

Rather than relying on his two star players, Wenger will probably look to Theo Walcott to provide his side’s biggest threat in attack, with the long-serving attacker having scored in three of his last four appearances.