Tuesday 21 November 2017

Arsene Wenger greeted by a protest as he shows up for work

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was confronted with a pretty lame protest as he arrived at the club’s London Colney training ground on Tuesday.

As Wenger prepared to stage an early morning media briefing ahead of Arsenal’s game against West Ham, the Frenchman was greeted with banners and fluffy dogs used to protest against his continued reign as the club’s manager.

Wenger’s contract runs out at the end of this season and despite increasingly heated protests from fans, he seems keen to sign the two-deal deal that has been offered to him by Arsenal officials.

While there have been numerous protests against Wenger in recent weeks, taking the problem to his office door was reminder of the unrest from Arsenal supporters, yet the method used to make the protest was pretty cringeworthy.

The Gunners boss has often suggested a fourth place finish in the Premier League is as good as a trophy, with an Arsenal fan wearing a Wenger face mask and holding a ‘fourth place trophy’ to highlight his annoyance.

The publicity stunt also saw a fan use a face mask of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte handing money to Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez amid rumours that the Chilean is keen to force through a summer move to Stamford Bridge, with Sanchez's beloved pet dogs represented by fluffy toys in the image.

While this small-scale protest will not have any impact on Wenger’s future, it was the latest chapter in the increasingly fractious confusion surrounding the Arsenal manager.

Wenger declined to comments on the protests outside the training ground, as he insisted he was focused on the game against West Ham.

"Everyone can have their opinions," he stated. "All I can focus on is giving my all to this club for however long I stay here."

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