Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes Arsene Wenger should not be blamed for the current position the team find itself in and insists the players have to take responsibility for what is happening on the pitch.

The Gunners saw their hopes of Champions League progression to the Quarter Final dashed after a 3-1 home defat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. Goals from Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic punished a lacklustre Arsenal performance and gave the German side full control of the tie.

This recent defeat comes after Arsenal were stunned by Championship side, Blackburn Rovers, in the FA cup on Saturday. The visitors beat Arsenal at the Emirates 1-0 after a late Kazim Richards goal.

Since the weekend, Wenger has faced a backlash from many Arsenal fans and pundits alike. More and more fans are calling for the Frenchman to leave the club as it looks ever more likely Arsenal will go an eighth successive season without a trophy.  

However, Wilshere believes critics should look towards the players after recent failures. 

Wilshere told BBC Sport: "The boss has been here for 16 years and he's been doing a great job so you can't question him.

"A manager can put us on the pitch and motivate us but we have to do it when we're on the pitch. But we're starting badly and getting punished for it.

"I think the players will take responsibility, we're man enough to take it."

Wilshire will be hoping his side can quickly put their latest set back behind them and return to winning ways as they host Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend. 


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