Arsenal now face five top flight games in just 14 days at the end of the season after the club’s rescheduled fixtures against Southampton and Sunderland were announced on Wednesday.
Wenger’s side sit sixth in the league, seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City, and look set to miss out on the guarantee of Champions League football for the first time in 20 years.
Arsenal have the same season every year
Arsenal have the same season every year
1/8 Surprise early defeat
A surprise early defeat, such as 2013/14's to Aston Villa or 2015/16's to West Ham United, makes July's Emirates Cup win seem like a distant memory.
2/8 Impressive win against top club
A promising win against a title rival, like last season's 3-0 victory over Manchester United or this season's win over Chelsea, has the Emirates hoping for the best again.
3/8 Injuries start to mount up
However, a long queue starts to form outside the treatment room. Key players, as well as regular absentees, tend to be the victims.
4/8 November curse strikes again
Arsene Wenger's side then begin to unravel in November, with the curse kicking in after an away defeat against one of the top flight's lesser lights. It's around now that the already-faint hopes of a title challenge start to fade.
5/8 Champions League elimination
The most predictable part of it all comes in February, with Champions League elimination, usually to Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Monaco, if they are really unlucky.
6/8 Title hopes finally killed off
A heavy, signature defeat to a fellow top six side puts paid to any lingering hopes of a title challenge in late February or March. 2013/14's 6-0 reverse at Chelsea, Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge, is perhaps the most memorable example.
7/8 Strong rally to finish
The pressure is off, time to turn the style on. A rally at the tail end of the season does wonders for Arsenal's league standing, but little to combat allegations of flakiness.
8/8 Top-four finish
Arsene has his 'trophy'. Champions League football is coming to the Emirates again next year. What more could the fans want?
With Wenger no closer to announcing whether or not he will be staying on as manager next season, following the club’s worst run of results under the Frenchman, the club has fallen into disarray – both on and off the pitch.
Arsenal's remaining fixtures:
Middlesbrough vs Arsenal (April 17, Premier League)
Arsenal vs Manchester City (April 23, FA Cup)
Arsenal vs Leicester (April 26, PL)
Tottenham vs Arsenal (April 30, PL)
Arsenal vs Manchester United (May 7, PL)
Southampton vs Arsenal (May 10, PL)
Stoke vs Arsenal (May 13, PL)
Arsenal vs Sunderland (May 16, PL)
Arsenal vs Everton (May 21, PL)
Fans have clashed among themselves in recent weeks while Monday night’s humiliation at Crystal Palace was the latest black mark against Wenger’s name.
To make matters worse, the 67-year-old must now navigate a tricky ending to the season with his side set to face Manchester United, Southampton, Stoke, Sunderland and Everton across the space of 14 days.
The visit to Southampton was originally set for the end of February but was postponed due to the Saints’ involvement in the EFL Cup final.
The fixture has now been moved to Wednesday, May 10, just three days after facing Jose Mourinho’s United in what will be a significant meeting in the fight for a top-four finish.
The Sunderland clash, which had been penned in for the end of April, has also been rescheduled to mid-May (Tuesday 16) because of Arsenal’s involvement in the FA Cup semi-finals.
That game comes three days after the Gunners’ visit to Stoke and five days before their end-of-season showdown with Everton.
And the fixture list pile-up could become worse if Arsenal beat Manchester City in the FA Cup at Wembley and progress to the final on Saturday, May 27.
Either way, with the club seemingly on the edge of crisis the news will do little to alleviate the growing sense of unease that now surrounds the Emirates.