Arsenal fans hoisted a banner calling for Arsene Wenger’s exit during the Gunners’ FA Cup game against Hull, a protest that received support and backlash in equal measure.
Former striker Ian Wright was one of many who opposed the move and even got involved in a Twitter spat with a fan who held the banner up.
Arsenal Fan TV tracked down the fan who brought the banner, which read, “Arsene, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye”, into the KC Stadium.
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It was, the fan claimed, a protest against “years and years and years of lies”.
Arsenal have lost ground in the title race thanks to a run of two wins in nine league games. They are eight points behind leaders Leicester and many fans want Wenger to leave if he fails to win the Premier League this season.
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The Arsenal fan explained why he brought the banner to Tuesday’s game instead of Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham.
“At Tottenham, we decided not to take it, simple reason being the difficulties of getting it in and plus we didn’t want to give their fans something, that satisfaction of seeing disharmony between us,” he said.
The Gunners haven’t won in three league games and successive losses to Manchester United and Swansea derailed their season, but Arsenal fans are more upset at their annual shortcomings.
They haven’t won the league since 2004 and look set to miss out on the Champions League quarter-finals for the sixth straight season.
No outfield summer signings
Wenger’s decision not to sign a single outfield player in the summer transfer window was another factor that caused anger among supporters. Given their recent spurt of injuries, the Frenchman must be regretting that move.
The fan continued: “At the end of the day we could have lost 4-0 today and everyone will say 'you’re overreacting’. So we can’t win.
“But the fact is this is not because of a couple of bad results, not because we lost to Man United, not because we lost to Swansea.
"Years and years and years of lies"
“It’s the culmination of years and years and years of lies, and everything from the board to the manager - Arsene Wenger’s not solely responsible, and we need to get people to understand that.”
The banner detracted from an Arsenal win that keeps alive their hopes of winning the FA Cup.
Yet it’s hard to think the club are heading in the right direction if they cannot win the Premier League despite Chelsea and Manchester United’s failings and Manchester City’s inconsistency.
“Arsene Wenger’s the one who came out this week and made certain comments,” the fan added.
“He’s the one who’s tried deflecting the poor performances onto other things.
“We’re eight points behind Leicester City. We’re not struggling behind oil money now.
"Let Arsene Wenger, to let Stan Kroenke, Ivan Gazidis and everyone in charge of Arsenal know that fans have a voice. I love Arsenal, but don't have to accept some of the things that's going on."
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