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Arsene Wenger critics should feel ashamed

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Arsene Wenger is undoubtedly one of the Premier League's best ever managers and arguably the greatest coach in the history of Arsenal Football Club.

But for a significant number of Arsenal supporters, the Frenchman had outstayed his welcome last season.

Television host Piers Morgan led the calls for the Gunners' board to sack Wenger with a succession of classless tweets posted in the aftermath of several Arsenal defeats, usually accompanied by the childish #WengerOut hashtag.

He wasn't alone. Not by any means.

But what a way to treat a manager who has given everything for Arsenal over the last 17 years. A manager who has brought great success since his arrival in 1996 and revolutionised the club with his foresight and modern thinking.

The reason Arsenal currently play in a superb 60,000-seater stadium is down to Wenger, who had every reason to expect more from those fans - if you can call them that - who have now gone very quiet since this latest turnaround in fortunes.

Arsenal are on the up and, unsurprisingly, the vastly-experienced Wenger is behind the transformation.

Wenger's faith in his current squad appears to be paying off, with players like Aaron Ramsey - who has received more than his fair share of stick from the club's impatient supporters over the years - now shining bright for the north London outfit.

Wenger may not have won any silverware since 2005, but the Frenchman has been forced to live within his means after the move from Highbury.

No other manager could have guaranteed Arsenal a top-four finish season after season with the number of obstacles that stood in the way, at the same time managers at rival Premier League clubs were spending offensive sums of cash on world-class signings.

But this summer, parity was restored, with Wenger finally being handed the keys to unlock a sizeable war-chest.

And it will have come as no surprise to his fellow managers that it was Wenger who secured the most eye-catching signing of the summer, stoically refusing to spend money until the right target came along.

His reluctance to bow to the demands of supporters and the media alike eventually saw him land the world-class Mesut Ozil, whose arrival will surely see Arsenal end their trophy drought sooner rather than later.

Despite the knee-jerk reactions of some foolish supporters, it turns out Wenger does indeed know best.

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