Wenger: I thought the whole stadium would protest

Date published: Monday 2nd May 2016 8:34

Arsenal fans: Only a minority held up 'Time for change' posters

Arsenal fans: Only a minority held up 'Time for change' posters

Arsene Wenger expected every Arsenal fan at Emirates Stadium against Norwich City to hold up a poster calling for him to leave.

A 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday means this weekend’s clash with Manchester City is crucial in Arsenal’s bid for an 18th successive season in the Champions League.

A small minority of supporters held up ‘Time for change’ posters in the 12th and 78th minute – to signal 12 years since Arsenal’s last Premier League title – but the response was loud, vocal backing for Wenger and the team.

Wenger thought the dissent would be greater.

“I am a football man. I am not a politician,” he said.

“I am not in a democracy. I am in the next game, perform, try to do as well as you can and accept people’s opinions. That is what it is about.

“From what I was told, I thought the whole stadium would be white (with ‘Time for change’ posters).

“I think I can take that. I am in a public job and I have to live with judgement as long as it is respectful. If it is only opinion, we have all to accept that because we are in a public job.

“We are here to give our best. We have been remarkably consistent at the top.

“There are disappointed people because we didn’t win the league.

“Believe me, we are as well. Like any Arsenal fans, we have to come back and win it and that is all we can do.”

Wenger has one year remaining on his contract this summer and celebrates his 20th anniversary in charge in October.

He said: “I give my best for this club. You don’t spend 19 years at a club – like Sir Alex Ferguson spent 26 (years) – without every minute of your time, you give your whole life for that and try to do as well as possible.

“One target is to keep 100 per cent of people happy. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do that this season.”

Put to him he could match Sir Alex Ferguson’s longevity, the 66-year-old said: “No, no, never. Don’t worry.”

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