Arsene Wenger feels the dissatisfaction from fans has made it difficult for his side and calls for unequivocal support for the remainder of the campaign.
Arsenal overcame what was perceived as a tough task at Everton, beating the Toffees 2-0 with goals from Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi easing some pressure off of the Gunners boss.
That still didn’t stop some Arsenal fans unfurling another ‘Wenger out’ banner however, as unrest from parts of the Gunners fan base continues to kick up a fuss.
Wenger has shouldered the criticism but is concerned with how the discontent from the supporters will affect the team.
“What hurts me is that at the important moment of the season we played in a sceptical environment,” Wenger told the media (via ESPN).
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“I think after the Tottenham game where we played a very good game with 10 men against 11 and came back to 2-2, I couldn’t understand why. At the moment when you need everyone behind the team we had to hit that storm.
“From the media, OK. From our fans? It is a bit more difficult to take.
“I never complain about critics, especially when they are turned against me.
“But we have to get the fans behind us with our attitude, and make sure that they stand behind the team until the end of the season.”
Considering Arsenal’s abysmal form largely over the last couple of months, it is understandable why there is so much unrest. But the bottom line is Arsenal are still in the hunt for the Premier League title an the season is far from finished. Bring out banners and protest when the team is playing a dead rubber, when the title challenge is mathematically over not when the side needs our support.
The players feel the discontent and will be reflected in their performances. Save it for later Gooners, forget the manager for now and back the team.