Former Arsenal star Alan Smith feels it may be time for a fresh approach at the Emirates

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Arsenal moved back into third in the table following a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion last night.

Arsenal legend Alan Smith has spoken exclusively to talkSPORT, and explained how he understands the Arsenal fans' frustrations.

He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast how this should have been the Gunners' year, especially with two of their biggest rivals out of contention:

“It looked like this was their year. They were in a fantastic position. With Chelsea and Man United out of the picture, it all looked set up for the Arsenal and the fact it has fallen flat in this way, it’s just so disappointing it’s untrue."

“You can understand the fans, they probably look at it now and think, ‘when are we going to win the league? You can understand their frustration."

Arsenal's 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in front of a half empty Emirates last night did little to appease the Wenger Out Brigade, and Smith feels as though a fresh approach may be necessary to take the North London outfit forward:

“You’ve got Chelsea with a new manager, Man City with Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp’s doing well at Liverpool and Man United might have a new manager. There’s going to be optimism and excitement at those clubs, but if things carry on in the way that they are, that is not going to be the case at Arsenal. It’s going to be very flat there."

Arsenal were flying earlier on in the season and held a two point advantage at the top of the league at the start of January, before the wheels fell off in a manner that has been symptomatic of the last decade of Arsène Wenger's tenure at the Emirates.

It is common knowledge that the Frenchman has a job for life at Arsenal, and will leave on his own terms, but Smith believes there is one factor that could sway the board.

“The fans will decide. If it carries on like this and the mood gets worse, it will be very hard for Arsène Wenger to stay there, I think.”

Arsenal head to the Stadium of Light on Sunday to take on struggling Sunderland in the lunchtime kick-off.

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