Arsene Wenger feels betrayed by some section of the fans that have turned their backs to his side following the recent poor run of performances. With 8 games to go, Arsenal, who were once leading the EPL charts at a time in January are now 11 points behind leader Leicester City. With the likes of United and Chelsea having never posed any threat to Arsenal’s title dreams, many fans believed this season was supposed to be the club’s best shot at a title ambition after the last win in 2004, but the current results say otherwise. And some of the Gunners faithful are already calling for his head.
The 66-year-old, however, believes the title race isn’t over yet. The team pulled off a great performance away from home at the Goodison Park during the weekend, handing Everton a 2 – 0 defeat. The North London club are out of the F.A Cup and the Champions League, and a section of the fans called for the boss to make his exit from the dugout during the game against Hull City. Wenger isn’t pleased with this development and feels the fans should be behind the club at such a time when they could do with their full support. In his words,
” What hurts me is that at the important moment of the season we played in a sceptical environment. (Criticisms) from the media, OK. From our fans? It is a bit more difficult to take. I never complain about critics, especially when they are turned against me. But we have to get the fans behind us with our attitude, and make sure that they stand behind the team until the end of the season.“
Arsenal fans are divided even amongst themselves following the poor run, with some of them engaging in a brawl after the Watford loss. The disappointment and frustration are understandable after how poor the club’s form dipped, but Wenger still hopes they would rally around his charges as they try to end the season on a high.