During the prematch conference ahead of the clash between Arsenal and Stoke City tomorrow, Potters manager Mark Hughes spoke out in support of Arsenal’s veteran boss Arsene Wenger.
Wenger has endured a difficult start to the season, with calls from some fans for his long tenure to be brought to an end, although Arsenal have won their last three games. This campaign has been very vocal, and became headline news after a banner calling for Wenger’s resignation was displayed prominently at the away end during the game against West Brom. Since the banner was displayed, a large number of Arsenal players, both past and present, have spoken out in defence of Wenger and called for him to be given time to get the Premier League campaign back on track.
When asked about the banner and his reaction to it, Hughes said:
I think most respect the job he’s done. He won a trophy last year. In football, sometimes familiarity brings contempt. Maybe some people want a change for change’s sake. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.
Wenger himself has insisted on numerous occasions that he does not listen to the people calling for his resignation and that he has no intention of going anywhere. The board and the players are also firmly behind the manager, which means that he is here to stay, no matter what. With this in mind, maybe it would be better for fans to put their differences aside and unite behind the team, at least until the summer.
With a particularly crowded fixture list coming up, followed by the crucial January transfer window, the club can ill afford to be distracted by dissent against the manager. So lets focus on supporting the team for now and leave any questions regarding the manager’s future until next summer, when we will have plenty of time to speculate.