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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Arsenal fans attacked over anti-Arsene Wenger banner

Arsenal fans protest at Arsene Wenger's reign during the win at Hull
Arsenal fans protest at Arsene Wenger's reign during the win at Hull

Arsenal fans have come under fire for displaying an anti-Arsene Wenger banner during the FA Cup victory at Hull on Tuesday night.

Supporters have been growing increasingly fractious as Arsenal's season has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks, with their Premier League title challenge faltering and the prospect of another exit at the last 16 stage of the Champions League looming large.

The north London club did book their passage to the FA Cup quarter-finals - where they face Watford on Sunday - with a crushing 4-0 win at Hull, but the evening was overshadowed by a protest from fans who called for Wenger to leave the club.

Wenger himself was quick to dismiss the banner and said he "did not care" if fans chose to exercise their right to protest.

"There's nothing disappointing for me," Wenger said. "I do my job. Look at the history of the club, since the club exists, and you will see that I have nothing to be scared of.

"I don't care. I do not want to speak about that because it is always the same story. It is enough now. If you have any questions ask other people.

"Do you know someone who has won it [the FA Cup] more than me? We judge the season afterwards and I'm quite amazed so many people judge it so early.

"We have not given up anywhere and you will see that in the coming weeks. This club has been in a much worse position than it is today."

Wenger was supported by his opposite number Steve Bruce. "I just can't understand that for the life of me," he said.

"But, then again, we're in a crazy industry at the moment where the coach or the manager, no matter who you are or what respect you've got - (have) people coming after you. We are going to talk about it, probably.

"The fella has been immense for Arsenal for 20 years and maybe these idiots, who think they want change... until they have change might rue that decision forever more.

"He has been managing Arsenal since '96, which is quite remarkable. He has been able to shrug it off, dust it off. He's a very, very experienced man and we're talking about one of the greats here.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright - who has himself been critical of many aspects of Arsenal's form this season - became embroiled in a Twitter row after attacking the fans who displayed the banner at the KC Stadium.

Wright's verdict was endorsed by many fans who felt the banner was unnecessary.

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