Monday 19 March 2018

Arsenal fan produces 'Wexit' banner at protest against Arsene Wenger

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Arsenal fans have staged another march calling for Arsene Wenger to step down as the club’s manager, with the banner produced by one of the protesters quickly earning scorn on social media.

The ‘Wexit’ banner was a play on the Brexit vote that signalled the beginning of the end of the UK’s stay in the European Union last year, with the proud owner of the banner appearing to have brought his son along to promote his campaign.

While an increasing majority of Arsenal fans and neutral observers have now concluded that Wenger needs to be replaced as the club’s manager at the end of this season, the marches that have taken place before the club’s recent home matches have been a little embarrassing as they have been sparsely attended by fans who appear to be more interested in making an appearance on television than bringing down the demise of the club’s most successful manager.

In scenes that are reminiscent of those played out as Newcastle fans tried and failed to remove Alan Pardew as their club’s manager a couple of years back, not to mention the bizarre practice of hiring planes to fly banners calling for Brendan Rodgers to leave Liverpool and David Moyes to be sacked as Manchester United manager, those taking part tend to attract ridicule rather than sympathy for their efforts.

Now we have the laughable ‘Wexit’ banner that may be a new low in the realms of football protests, with the protesters making their voices heard as they marched to Emirates Stadium ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final against Lincoln.

Meanwhile, there was another bizarre protest at Bournemouth on Saturday, as a fan spent time before the game preparing a banner demanding for justice for Cherries defender Tyrone Mings after he was handed a five-game ban following his stamp on Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic last weekend.

He also seemed very pleased with himself as he got himself on television:

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