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Arsene Wenger refuses to answer questions over Arsenal fans' banner

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger provided an angry response to questions about a banner calling for him to walk away from the club.

The message, displayed by a section of the travelling fans at the Hawthorns, read: 'Arsene, thanks for the memories but it's time to say goodbye'. Wenger's side went on to win 1-0 against West Brom - a second victory in a week after the 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Tough defeats

However, it's defeats to Swansea City and Manchester United, the latter at the Emirates Stadium, which have seen a growing number of fans call into question Wenger's ability to deliver at the very top of the English game.

The discontent of some fans appears to have reached new heights with the aforementioned banner, but Wenger refused to be drawn on the subject in his post-match interviews.

"I don't comment on that. Do I need to say it again? I don't comment on your question," he responded with a scowl.

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"Every person has responsibility to prepare for the future, always."

Wenger's closing statement can be interpreted to mean he's not foolish enough to think he's beyond the sack, although the Frenchman has surely earned more time than most with his track record in North London.

That said, one trophy in nine years is not the greatest of returns and last season's FA Cup triumph now seems a long time ago.

Positive signings

Often criticised for his lack of activity in the transfer market, Wenger's two big summer signings - Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck - have both been relatively successful, albeit to slightly different levels.

Both attackers, it was a failure to invest in a centre back which has really cost the club, with Thomas Vermaelen sold and a potential replacement, Calum Chambers, utilised at right back instead of at the heart of the defence.

Given Vermaelen's injuries at Barcelona, his sale again seems like good business. But, the failure to sign a genuine replacement was another mistake and it appears to have been one too many for some of the Arsenal fans.

Monreal mishaps

Wenger's persistence with Nacho Monreal at centre back in the absence of Laurent Koscielny was another move that left fans perplexed, whilst his failure to react to situations with substitutions - most notably in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea - is a regular complaint at the Clock End.

This is not the first time that Wenger has come under pressure from fans to step aside, but he's always waded through the tide of criticism with a fourth-place finish in the Premier League. With the club again competing for that spot this season, it no longer seems acceptable for some supporters.

The importance of the Champions League should not be forgotten however, with Wenger making sure his side dine at Europe's top table for closing on two decades. If that goes this season, then Wenger really will be in trouble at the end of the season - and not just with the fans.

Walk away?

Until that happens, or Wenger himself walks away, if's unlikely we'll see a significant piece of manager movement at the Emirates.

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