The relationship between Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger is getting increasingly strained.
As many as 20,000 seats were left empty at the Emirates during the club’s previous home match against West Brom and placards are expected to be held up against Norwich this weekend, reading: “Time for change. Arsenal is stale - fresh approach needed.”
Many supporters want the Frenchman to leave at the end of the season following 12 consecutive failed title bids.
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Since beating Leicester on February 14 to go within two points of the Foxes, the Gunners have won just four of their previous 14 games in all competitions, seeing them crash out of the FA Cup and the Champions League as well as falling 12 points adrift of league leaders Leicester in the table.
Instead of having aspirations of Premier League glory, Arsenal are desperately trying to hold onto their fourth spot, with Manchester United just five points behind them with a game in hand.
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Since that victory over Leicester, many of Arsenal’s slip-ups have come at home. They’ve lost against Barcelona, Swansea and Watford on home soil whilst they could only manage draws against Hull and Crystal Palace.
And, during a press conference, Wenger has astonishingly hit out at the fans for their poor results in north London.
"I can understand the frustration," Wenger said, per Sky Sports.
"No one is more frustrated than me, but our disappointment has not to go too far. We have to not forget that in football you go down very quickly and come up slowly.
“We lost the championship at home against lower teams, but we played sometimes at home in a very difficult climate. Away we are championship winners.
"The club has very special values and one is to stick together and support the team - there is no success otherwise,” he added.
The comments were never going to go down well with Arsenal fans and they have reacted furiously on Twitter.
It’s been 12 long years since the Gunners were crowned champions after going the entire campaign unbeaten. Since then, they have had to deal with their season unravelling at the beginning of Spring year after year.
This season, it’s even worse. Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been out of the title race for a long time and the trophy seemed bound for the Emirates.
But this trophy-less campaign this angered Gooners and they want Wenger's 20-year reign to come to an end. The Frenchman’s contract expires next summer and it’s believed he will honour his deal, but his relationship with the fans is starting to turn toxic and his outburst against the fanbase is only going to exacerbate things.
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