Wenger Blames Fans For Arsenal’s Title Collapse

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In a shock strategical move, Arsène Wenger has opted to blame Arsenal’s fanbase for his side’s title collapse.

Wenger explained that the Gunners have had to play in “a very difficult climate” at the Emirates Stadium this season; he complained that the mutinous atmosphere within the ground has been whipped up into a frenzy by individuals with a personal agenda against him – suggesting that the majority of fans do not support the criticism aimed towards him.

Arsenal’s largest supporters groups intend to voice their frustrations at the forthcoming televised game against Norwich City, protesting that the time has come for a change. Demonstrators will hand out placards pre-match and will encourage the Emirates crowd to hold them up after 12 and 78 minutes before a chorus of boos after the final whistle.

 

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It is expected that the protests will sing to the same tune that’s been echoed by members of the Arsenal support for the past 5 years, the focus being aimed at the club’s hierarchy and, by implication, the manager for the way the club is being run – as they see it – into a state of satisfied mediocrity.

Arsenal currently sit fourth, holding off Manchester United for Champions League football… even the indignant Frenchman himself has admitted feeling exasperated by the lacklustre manner in which the season is concluding.

 

“It is very frustrating because we were in a position for a very long time where we could compete for the title”

“…it wasn’t possible, which is why we are frustrated. I can understand the frustration because no one is more frustrated than we are. But we must protect what we have… our disappointment can’t go too far.”

Arsene Wenger

 

But it was Arsene Wenger’s comments – marking the crosshairs for culpability on the fans – that raised the most eyebrows:

 

“We lost the championship at home against the lower teams, we have the best record against the top clubs, but we played at home in a very difficult climate.

We have to realise that, away from home, we are championship winners . At home, against the smaller teams, we lost the league.”

Arsene Wenger

 

 

Is this statement the final nail in the coffin for Wenger?

 

The assumption that Wenger has signed his own death sentence with these remarks assumes that the Arsenal fans he’s referring to still maintained any rapport with the Frenchman. Judging by the significant planning behind the forthcoming protests and the media storm that continually surrounds Wenger – he’s been in discontent for some time now.

And yet it nothing changes… but then again, maybe they’re simply a minority group with their own agenda:

 

“Some groups of people try to manipulate our fans, and I believe apart from an agenda – a personal agenda, a big ego – there’s not a lot behind it.”

“Some people question them but I know [the critics] well, and they have less character than this team have.”

 

Piers Morgan, who has been outspoken in his criticisms of Wenger on social media, immediately suggested on Twitter that the Arsenal manager was directing his criticism at him:

 

 

 

 

Arsenal’s manager of nearly two decades spoke without the quiver of a man preparing for an early retirement.

No matter which way you look at it, “You want your fans as well to be behind your team” is an outrageous claim to make, after putting his fans through such a torrid campaign.

After Jose Mourinho remarked that Stamford Bridge felt like an empty stadium, the fan’s angry reaction forced even ‘The Special One’ into a public apology. Many critics of the Portuguese cited the comments as a major factor in his ultimate downfall… will Wenger finally suffer the same fate?