Ian Wright was highly critical of a section of the Arsenal fanbase following our 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup, who unfurled a banner asking for Arsene Wenger’s resignation despite the dominant victory.
The Arsenal legend spoke on BT Sport after the game, and was questioned by a fan on Twitter following his comments. Wright was extremely negative about the fans’ decisions to raise the banner after our 4-0 win saw us progress in the competition, and one particular fan decided to call him out on it.
@IanWright0 maybe you should respect the fans who have a voice an want change, I held it up, why don’t you say it to me mate
— Mr Marmite DT © (@DeejayDt) March 8, 2016
Wright was having none of it though, and insisted the fan deserved the disrespect he was dishing out, even going as far as calling him a ‘bellend’.
.@DeejayDt I’ll disrespect you all day long unfurling your muggy banner after a 4-0 win and plenty enough games left in the league.
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) March 8, 2016
On the one hand, it’s hard to disagree with Wright. The fans showed a huge amount of disrespect to Wenger, and it’s something the Frenchman has had to get used to. Arsenal fans are incredibly fickle and are often hugely critical of our manager, sometimes it’s deserved, but more often than not it’s totally unwarranted.
Wenger has given a huge amount to the club, and despite many fans believing the mere fact that we’re Arsenal means we’re deserving of the Premier League title, the manager has generally done a fantastic job with limited resources.
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However, it’s arguably wrong to criticise the fans for their timing, as they are clearly showing no bias. These fans clearly want Wenger out and want to let everyone know, and they are keen to show that they aren’t only demanding his head when things are going badly, but also when we’re winning.
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We don’t agree with the fans demanding Wenger’s sacking, but if you’re going to accept their right to unfurl banners, then it shouldn’t only be acceptable when we lose.