Arsenal fans to protest against Norwich this weekend

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The pressure is being really cranked up on Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Following Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland, the Gunners can no longer win the league title - something they haven’t done since 2004.

In their previous home match against West Brom, around 15,000 seats were left empty at the Emirates Stadium in a protest against their French manager.


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And now, three of Arsenal’s biggest supporters groups have planned another protest ahead of their next home match against Norwich.

The protest, called ‘Time for Change,” has been planned by Black Scarf Movement and Red Action and is being supported by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust. It will involve placards being dished out, reading “Time for change. Arsenal is stale - fresh approach needed,” and fans being urged to hold them up after 12 minutes and on 78 minutes - 12 minutes from time - to represent the 12 years without a Premier League trophy.


The Red Action statement says: “We are encouraging the most vocal protest to be after the final whistle, so no suggestion that this should affect the team. And it goes without saying, during the game please give your maximum (and loud) support to the players on the pitch."

While the Black Scarf Movement statement reads: “Consistent failure to challenge for football's big prizes and using 4th place finishes as a cause for celebration, when all Champions League football means is more income for the Board to celebrate.”

It should be stated that this isn't a protest solely against Wenger, but the management of the club as a whole.

Read the full story about the protest here.

Wenger arrived at the north London club in 1996 and has led his side to three Premier League trophies as well as six FA Cups. He has always earned Champions League football for Arsenal by finishing in the top-four - previously the top-three - in the league but for many Gooners that simply isn’t enough.

Redknapp's comments

And the supporters may have been encouraged to continue protesting by former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp. Last week, Redknapp wrote in the Evening Standard: "The big problem for Arsene Wenger is once you lose the fans, there is no way back,” he said.

"I saw the Arsenal fans’ proposed boycott of tonight’s match against West Brom and if it goes ahead to the extent it has been predicted, Arsene will get the message loud and clear.

"After everything he has done for the club, he may feel he’s had enough of it all if the fans properly turn their backs on him,” he added.

It seems that Arsenal fans will continue to voice their displeasure in an attempt to persuade Wenger to step aside at the end of the season. His contract expires in the summer of 2017 but could be forced to quit a year earlier if these protests gather momentum.

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