Give Arsene Wenger Time, He's Lost Key Men - Former Arsenal Star's Plea

Jon Howard
March 9, 2018

Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was relieved after his side's impressive 2-0 Europa League last 16, first-leg victory at AC Milan on Thursday (March 8), following a "nightmare" week.

A toxic atmosphere has been hanging over the club as fans continue to turn against Wenger, with 88% of the Arsenal Supporters' Trust's (AST) 1,000 members voting this week in favour of the 68-year-old Frenchman's contract being terminated at the end of the season.

"It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week", added Wenger, whose side came to Milan after losing to Premier League leaders Manchester City - who also beat them in last month's League Cup final - and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Arsene Wenger's side have not won a game since their 3-0 first leg victory over swedish side FK Ostersunds in the last round of the competition. "I remember I was sat in the stands at the Amex and it was quite sad to hear the Arsenal fans and what they were singing out - maybe Wenger leaving the club", he said. At the moment, it is certainly hard when you go through a patch like that but I believe as well it is a good opportunity to show you have the quality and the strengths. What I saw was a different side to Arsenal.

Their subsequent inability to replace ageing players of class with anyone of even remotely similar quality led to a slide down the table, with their last four league campaigns seeing them finish as low as 10th and no higher than last season's 6th.

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"It's a fascinating game and we really want to do well because we want to get through". Hopefully they get through to the quarter-finals, but again it will be on the draw. The Armenia global ensured it did not go to waste, maintaining his fine Europa League goalscoring record with a little help from a Leonardo Bonucci deflection. "You have to accept what no one accepts anymore, it's as well a part of the coincidences in the game".

Milan tried to up the tempo after the break, wasting a clear early chance to pull one back when Giacomo Bonaventura spooned over the bar.

If this proves to be the case the French giants will be determined to appoint a high-profile manager who can propel them to the summit of the European ladder. We are a bit affected by what happened.

Prior to joining Arsenal Wenger managed in Japan where he received the J League Manager of the Year in 1995 after leading Nagoya Grampus Eight to 2nd spot, while he went on to lift the Emperor's Cup and the Super Cup.

"We are disappointed with how we played".

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