Arsenal’s recent results have led to banners calling for Arsene Wenger’s dismissal and backlash on social media, but one fan took his frustration after the FA Cup defeat to Watford to a whole new level.
The Gunners exited the tournament following a 2-1 loss at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, leaving the club’s chances of silverware hanging by a thread.
Most Arsenal fans are unhappy, but none more so than the one who burned his shirt moments after watching his team succumb to a surprise defeat.
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“If he [Wenger] is at the f****** club at the start of next season this will happen to every Arsenal shirt,” the disgruntled fans says.
“Hashtag f******* Wenger out,” he cries before placing the shirt onto the flames.
“F*** you Wenger. This is what you do to me every f****** week.”
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The video was brought to our attention by The Sport Bible. It’s quite the overreaction.
That said, things escalated to the point where Arsenal fans squared up to each other outside their 60,000-capacity stadium on Sunday.
Disastrous three weeks
These supporters have seen their team’s season come crashing down in the past three weeks.
First there was the 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on February 23, all but ending their Champions League campaign.
The Gunners followed that result with successive defeats in the Premier League to Manchester United and Swansea. They are currently eight points behind leaders Leicester.
The FA Cup was their best opportunity of adding another trophy to the cabinet but the defeat to Watford has extinguished those dreams.
Wenger saw his team crash out of the competition they have won in each of the past two seasons thanks to second-half goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura.
The Frenchman described the growing speculation about his future as a “farce”.
After the loss to Quique Sanchez Flores’ side, he was quoted the Telegraph as saying: “The next game is always a big challenge and you are always in the middle of a drama. It is becoming a farce. We have lost a game. We are sad and we want to focus on the next game.
“Arsenal has lost games before in history and we will lose again in the future. We will stick together and cope with it and prepare for the next one with complete belief.”
The next one is an ominous tie against Barcelona in the second leg of their last-16 tie. Few, if any, think the Gunners have a chance of reaching the quarter-finals and Wenger would be forgiven for resting the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for the game against Everton this weekend.
Barcelona romped to a 6-0 victory over Getafe and haven’t tasted defeat since early October.
The Premier League is now the priority for Arsenal and Wenger must put all his efforts into ending their 12-year drought.