Rumours have been circulating about who paid for the ‘Wenger In’ banner at Saturdays game, with various sources claiming it came from a company in Hong Kong and has a connection to Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick.
In rather bizarre circumstances, a banner was flown exclaiming ‘No Contract #Wenger Out’ which was crowdfunded by 161 supporters, shortly followed by a pro-Wenger banner stating ‘In Arsene We Trust #RespectAW’ creating a rather comical situation.
The Air Banner Advert agency behind the flying revealed something very interesting:
— Airads Banners (@AiradsBanners) March 19, 2017
While Tim Payton of the Arsenal Supporters Trust suggested to look up the Hong Kong Jardine Matheson company – lo and behold it was a company essentially run by the Keswick family – the son, brother and nephew of Sir Chips Keswick. None other than the Arsenal chairman.
Sections of Arsenal’s support are reaching new levels of Wenger Out-ism. However, while they may shout the loudest, there is still a strong support for the Gunners boss who has been at the helm for over 21 years and remains the clubs most successful manager.
If the club’s chairman was in-fact behind the pro-Wenger banner, the likelihood of the Gunners boss remaining at the helm seems high. Or perhaps it was just a way of damage mitigation after the public announcement fans had raised funds to fly the banner.
It really is anyones guess as to what the future holds. But knowing sooner rather than later could be a wise move to settle the nerves around the club that is currently in a state of turmoil.