Arsene Wenger says the rise of social media is a 'growing problem' for football
Arsene Wenger says social media is quickly becoming a 'growing problem' in modern football.
The Arsenal manager believes the growth of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook is helping to fuel aggressive fan behaviour towards his club.
Arsenal return to Stoke on Sunday for the first time since Wenger and his side were booed and jeered at a train station following their 3-2 defeat to the Potters.
Arsene Wenger was the subject of particularly vicious abuse from Arsenal fans that day, with a number of supporters calling for the long-serving manager to "get out" of the club.
The 66-year-old has been the long-time Twitter target of television personality, Piers Morgan, whose criticism of the Frenchman is often accompanied with #WengerOut.
The Frenchman was asked what he made of the growth of social media after Arsenal were named the Premier League's most selfie-loving team.
Highest paid manager, highest ticket prices - no signings, no hope. Enough. #WENGEROUT— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 17, 2013
"It might be one of the problems that football has to face in the coming years. You see it in many countries now, more and more," Wenger said.
Wenger suggests the growth of social media platforms like Twitter means it's more easier than ever for fans to turn on their own team.
"Maybe with the social networks, everybody is allowed opinions and can strengthen that opinion with other people who have the same opinion.
"Before your opinion was a bit more isolated. Today straight away it becomes a stream of people who think the same way and they become a force. Maybe that's the reason, I don't know."
Stoke's 3-2 victory over Arsenal last season was one of the low-points of Arsenal's domestic season.
Arsenal fans gathered at the train station to jeer Wenger's travelling side.
A tight-lipped Wenger ignores the taunts as he walks past security staff and police toward the train door.
"I was sad and upset more by the result than the individual reactions of people, who I can understand," Wenger said.
"When you love the club you want the results to be positive. You want as well not to be isolated too much. You want contact with people who love the club."