Match of the Day presenter and former England hero Gary Lineker has condemned those abusing Arsene Wenger following Arsenal’s 3-2 loss at Stoke City this weekend.
The majority of the backlash from those unhappy with the Gunners’ disappointing defeat at the Britannia Stadium has been aimed at Wenger, whose methods of management clearly haven’t gone down all too well given the lack of success recently.
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The loss to Mark Hughes’s Potters was their third in their last five Premier League games, and leaves them in 6th place in the Premier League, 13 points off of Chelsea who sit top.
As a result the knives have been sharpened for Arsenal, and a few fans where even filmed booing Wenger as he boarded a train in Stoke to go back to north London. The clip showing the harassment has quickly gone viral, and it’s been criticised by leading figures in the sport.
BBC presenter Lineker was chief amongst those damning the footage, insisting it was: "Disgustingly disrespectful and totally inexcusable, regardless of any football results."
Yet while such mindless abuse aimed at Wenger’s is hardly reflective of the feelings of the Emirates Stadium masses as a whole, the growing theory in the stands is that the 62-year-old must be replaced if Arsenal are to enjoy any sort of renaissance.
It’s now been a decade since the Gunners won the Premier League and prior to last term’s F.A Cup success they hadn’t lifted silverware for nine years.
For a club that has perennially challenged England’s big boys for the coveted domestic crown it’s not perceived as being good enough. Whilst Wenger’s hands may have been largely tied with regards to spending money during the first few seasons at the Emirates fans have expected him to secure success with players like Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez added to the roster.
Unfortunately for him that hasn’t exactly been the case, and it could cost him if Arsenal chiefs are given much more cause for frustration. Top European managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have been linked with the Gunners hot-seat in recent times, and Wenger’s reputation doesn’t like staying the executioner’s axe for much longer.