Is it time for Arsene Wenger to end his reign at Arsenal?

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Loyalty is something we don't see enough of in football these days, but it could be said that loyalty isn't always a good thing?

There's been a time in all our lives where we should have realised something had run it's course and needed to be replaced - be it your favourite football boots that are sellotaped together and still have a hole in the toe, or that first football shirt that's now four sizes too small and has gone from sparkling white to a nice shade of grey through old age.

The fact is, no matter how much you like something, or how good a job it's done, everything has it's sell by date, and perhaps Arsene Wenger has reached his at Arsenal.

Since taking over at Highbury back in 1996 the Frenchman has overseen 1,000 games, won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, reached a Champions League final and gone a whole league season unbeaten.

As well as those tangible achievements, Wenger has done so much more for the red half of North London.

The style of football has changed, the culture has changed, the quality of player has changed and their famous old Highbury ground has been replaced by the magnificent Emirates stadium.

A team that were synonymous with 1-0 victories suddenly started entertaining the masses as the Arsenal back five of David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn found themselves playing behind the European flair of Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.

Wenger performed miracles blending the two very different types of player together to create a double winning side in only his second season at the club.

By the time he lifted his fourth FA Cup in 2005, Arsene had won seven major trophies in nine years.

Fast forward nine years and they're yet to add to that - a Champions League final and two Capital One Cup finals the closest they've come to major silverware, though they're clear favourites to end the wait and lift the FA Cup this year.

During that time Wenger has bought, sold and produced some of the worlds most exciting players.

Thierry Henry was transformed from a lively winger into the Premier League's best striker, Cesc Fabregas grew from a skinny teenager into a leader of men and Robin van Persie put injury aside to become one of the hottest strikers in Europe.

However, the disappointing thing for Arsenal fans is the number of top players that have walked out of Arsenal to win trophies elsewhere.

As well as Henry, Fabregas and van Persie, Ashley Cole, Patrick Vieira, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy have all won league titles after being sold by Wenger.

Surely the money made from those sales would have been re-invested into the squad? Well, up until the big-money signing of Mesut Ozil last summer, the majority of it wasn't. Instead it was used to balance the books and pay off the new stadium.

While it's admirable how financially stable the club are, a number of Arsenal fans, including Twitter fiend Piers Morgan, would surely sacrifice a few hundred million for a couple of league titles.

This season it seemed like things had changed, with Arsenal leading the way in the title hunt for so long, but now with eight games to go they're now fourth in one of the tightest races the Premier League has ever seen.

However, games against their rivals this year has shown how far off the top Arsenal really are, yesterday's 6-0 defeat at Chelsea made it 17 conceded and just four scored in trips to Stamford Bridge, Manchester City and Liverpool this season.

You simply cannot win the league if you're going to get so heavily beaten by the times around you.

This season hasn't been without positives, Lauren Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have developed the leagues best central defensive partnership and Aaron Ramsey has realised his potential.

And with young talent like Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proving to be important first team players there's no reason they can't go closer next season.

But now, with 1,000 games under his belt, it could be time for Arsene Wenger to finally do what we've watched his teams do for nearly two decades and pass the ball.

David Moyes' arrival at Manchester United has shown how hard it is to replace a trusted old favourite, but Wenger has done all he can with this Arsenal side and it's time for a new man with a fresh approach to make them English champions once again.

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