Arsenal great Alan Smith believes that it was wrong of the club’s fans to unfurl a ‘Wenger Out’ banner at The Hawthorns.
During Arsenal’s Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion away from home on Saturday, a number of the Gunners fans showcased a banner that read: “Arsene Thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye”.
Smith, who was on the books of the North London outfit between 1987 and 1995, has reacted negatively to the banner and believes that it will do no good.
“The banner was unfurled at West Bromwich Albion after the visitors had managed to sneak a win,” the 52-year-old wrote in The Telegraph. “You do not see many outward displays of dissent from Arsenal fans.
“Might this be the start of bigger things to come? Whatever, the person responsible did not choose the best moment to show their handiwork. After winning three points, the Hawthorns was no place to try and start a rebellion.”
Wenger has come under severe criticism in recent years, and many Arsenal fans want the Frenchman to leave at the end of the season.
In the last nine years, Arsenal have won the FA Cup just once and look likely to miss out on the Premier League title once again this season.
There are suggestions that Wenger just cannot do it for Arsenal anymore, with many urging the North London club to try to convince Jurgen Klopp to leave his position at Borussia Dortmund and switch to the Gunners.
Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but as of now Wenger remains in charge of Arsenal.