Some of Arsenal’s fans are not happy and they showed their frustration during the 4-0 FA Cup fifth round replay win at Hull City on Tuesday.
During the game a section of Arsenal fans unfurled the banner shown in the photos below.
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The message was directed at current Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who took over the north London club in 1996 and is the longest-serving manager in European club soccer.
Asked about the banner following the win over Hull, Wenger remained defiant.
“There’s nothing disappointing for me,” Wenger said. “I do my job. Look at the history of the club, since the club exists, and you will see that I have nothing to be scared of. I don’t care. I do not want to speak about that because it is always the same story. It is enough now. If you have any questions ask other people. Do you know someone who has won it [the FA Cup] more than me?
“We judge the season afterwards and I’m quite amazed so many people judge it so early. We have not given up anywhere and you will see that in the coming weeks. This club has been in a much worse position than it is today.”
With Arsenal currently in third spot in the Premier League with nine games to go, in the FA Cup quarterfinal as they’re favorites to win the trophy for a third-straight season and trailing Barcelona 2-0 ahead of the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash next week, is it really that bad?
At this point, Wenger, 66, will likely decide when he steps down from Arsenal. Is that the big factor here?
Are Arsenal fans upset that a man who has delivered three Premier League titles, six FA Cups and UCL runners up spot in 20 years — plus 18-straight Champions League group stage appearances, might I add — will continue to lead the club?
I think if you ask the average Arsenal fan, they love Wenger.
He has totally revolutionized the club from top to bottom. Their playing style and philosophy comes as a direct result of his training methods, plus he had to sell many of his best players in Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie to help finance the move to the Emirates Stadium which has now set the club up financially and allows them to compete with the biggest clubs on the planet.
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Sure, some more silverware would be nice. This season Arsenal look to have squandered their best chance of winning the PL since they last did 10 years ago, so serious questions will be asked of Wenger this summer and he knows it.
That said, Arsenal fans also need to know they must be careful what they wish for. Transitioning from a managerial great such as Wenger will not be easy, look at the mess Manchester United has become after Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement.
Just like it has been in peaks and troughs throughout the last few seasons, the “Wenger Out” brigade is growing among Arsenal fans at the moment. Back-to-back FA Cup wins and consistent top four finishes has kept them mostly quiet recently.
If no silverware arrives this season, let’s see if they get louder and Arsenal’s board listens to them.