Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has told supporters to get behind boss Arsene Wenger amid a large amount of criticism headed his way.
The French boss has long had a number of doubters in North London, but following a run of sub-par performances this season calls for his exit have begun to increase.
Firstly, a flag saying ‘time to say goodbye’ was displayed during the recent victory at West Bromwich Albion, and that has since been trailed up by a barrage of abuse following last weekend’s 3-2 loss at Stoke City.
But does the man who achieved so much success to the club deserve to be treated in such a manner?
Striker Olivier Giroud certainly doesn’t think so, as he has urged the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade to drop their pitchforks and reflect on the huge amounts of success which his boss has brought the club.
"I understand the fans because when you are a team like Arsenal, the fans want you to win every single game, especially when they follow you to away games,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun.
"It’s always like that when you suffer a defeat, I understand the fans are really disappointed but we are very disappointed as well.
"It is not the manager (who is to blame). He is a great manager. Just because we lost at Stoke in an away game does not mean the season is finished or that everything is over.
"They have to remember what the manager has brought to the club. There is no other coach who knows Arsenal better than him so I am in no doubt he is the man to solve this situation."
The Gunners host Newcastle United in Saturday’s evening kick-off with the chance to move three points clear of the visitors and close the gap on the top four.
With trips to Liverpool, West Ham United and Southampton awaiting over the next few weeks, it promises to be one of the most crucial festive periods in Arsene Wenger’s managerial career.