Arsene Wenger has refused to respond to the growing number of Arsenal fans that want to see the French manager leave the club by insisting that he isn’t concerned by their criticism.
Wenger, who was appointed as Arsenal manager in 1996 and has led them to, arguably, the most successful period in their history, was brutish when asked about a banner that had been made requesting for him to quit.
Several Arsenal fans held up the sign, which read, “Arsene, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye,” at the Hawthorns, where Arsenal won by a solitary goal to nil thanks to Danny Welbeck’s header.
When quizzed on the matter, Wenger declared, “We live in a society of total opinion but we live off not what we say but what we do and what we do is on the pitch.”
The 65-year-old was then pointedly asked by the BBC about the sign and he declared, “I don’t comment on that. Do I need to say it again? I don’t comment on your question. Every person has responsibility to prepare for the future, always.”
Arsene Wenger is by far the longest serving manager in Arsenal history. He has been in charge of the club since 1996 and in this period he has guided them to the Champions League 15 seasons in a row. He even signed a three-year deal in May after he oversaw Arsenal win the FA Cup against Hull City in the final at Wembley.
This was their first honor in nine years though, and a growing number of fans and ex-players have become disillusioned with Wenger’s managerial talents.
They believe that they should be challenging the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title. Unfortunately, while Arsenal’s squad of players is clearly talented, they just haven’t been able to match the efforts of the aforementioned teams.
According to some Arsenal fans, this is solely down to Wenger’s refusal to address weaknesses in his side though.
Many have insisted that they have needed to purchase a commanding defensive midfielder in order to support the bevy of attacking options that they have for a number of years. While the fact that Wenger started the season with only five defenders, now that injury has ravaged their defense, they have no utility players to draw upon.
At this point Arsenal still look likely to qualify for the Champions League next season. But if they don’t, many will feel that Wenger should do the rightful thing and step down, and some will be adamant that he should have done it long ago.
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