Arsenal fans scorn at suggestion stadium be named after Wenger

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, of course, knows a bit about operating under pressure and getting on the wrong side of football fans. And he has spoken out in support of fellow Premier League boss, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger.

Pardew is quoted in Friday's Times newspaper dismissing the concerns some Arsenal fans have about the state of their team and the credibility of the manager, and suggesting that Wenger has done enough over the years to have the Arsenal stadium named after him.

The Emirates airline, of course, pay millions every year for the stadium naming rights, and Arsenal, a club run very successfully as a business, is hardly likely to put emotion ahead of revenues and do any so daft. The current Emirates deal expires in 2028 anyway, so Pardew's suggestion is unlikely to be taken up for a few years yet in any case.

Arsenal fans have told HITC, however, that in the event that Emirates gives up or loses the naming rights, the stadium may be renamed in such a way as to commemorate the Wenger era without having to actually mention his name.

Some are suggesting that the stadium could be renamed the 'Fourth Arena', in recognition of the fact that Arsenal usually finish fourth in the Premier League. Others say that the '9 Stadium' would be more appropriate, given that Arsenal went nine years without a major trophy until this year's FA Cup final win.

The fans favourite, however, appears to be the 'Group Qualifying Stage Arena', given that most years recently Wenger's Arsenal qualify out of the Champions League Group stage in second place, but don't get much further in the competition.

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