Wenger Faces Backlash From Arsenal Fans
Arsenal fans have had enough. That was pretty evident 18 minutes into their first Premier League match of the season, when the Emirates Stadium erupted into a boo fest. Arsenal had taken the lead through a Theo Walcott goal just minutes after he missed a penalty, but Liverpool managed to come back and they never looked back. They stormed into a 1-4 lead in almost no time at all.
That was the moment when the Gunners fans patience had finally popped. A season of mediocrity where they only managed to finish second due to arch rivals Tottenham’s last minute collapse, followed by a summer transfer window where they had to watch their arch rivals break records to sign players in order to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season. All Arsenal could do was sign Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding.
Disgruntled fans have been calling for Wenger’s head since last season, but a majority of the fans still stuck by the Frenchman given the amount of time he has been at the club and his history with them. However, the fans have finally lost patience with the man at the helm and are grinding their teeth about the lack of investment in transfers. It led to many fans raising A4 sized papers with the message “Where is our money?” on them.
Arsenal have one of the costliest ticket prices in the country. But where is the money going? What has the board and Wenger been doing with all the money the club earns from tickets and shirt sales and the many sponsorship deals that pay them buckets of money to have the famous logo on their products?
The fans are demanding that the club sign Lacazette and Mustafi, and if the deals don’t go through, the board and the management will without doubt lose the support of the fans who have given the club everything.
Even when Arsenal managed to bring the game back to a less humiliating 3-4, the full time whistle was met with another roar of boos from the home fans. Despite this, Wenger refused to budge and claimed the anger of the fans was just ‘part of it’.
“That’s part of it and of course that’s not pleasant but we have shown in the past we have the mental strength to deal with that and bounce back,” Wenger said.
“At 4-1 down at home it’s difficult with so many young players. At the back we lack a bit of maturity but you know that before we go into the game.
“We have to analyse but not panic. I’m always under pressure because I want to win every single game and that’s part of the game.”
Wenger needs to wake up to the reality of the situation, or he will have to watch the little respect the Gunners fans still have for him fly out the window.
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