Paul Merson sides with Arsenal fans over Arsene Wenger

Paul Merson

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is under pressure.

Paul Merson has written in his column for the Daily Star that Arsene Wenger was wrong to show his frustrations with the Arsenal supporters as what is being served up isn’t good enough.

The Gunners boss has come in for more criticism in recent weeks and a banner reading ‘Arsene, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye’ was present in the 4-0 win at Hull City.

Wenger, responding to doubts over his managerial capabilities, shared his frustration on the matter as he seeks a united front as Arsenal still hold hopes of a league and cup triumph.

Merson, however, thinks the title is now out of reach and the consolation of the FA Cup isn’t enough to mask over what has been another disappointing campaign for the club’s supporters.

“Arsene Wenger says he’s bored of people asking him about Arsenal fans being frustrated. Well, they’re bored of finishing fourth! We’ve all seen the banners and heard the boos and the stick. But the fans have got a point,” Merson wrote.

“I look at their fixtures and I don’t think it’s possible for them to win the league now. The FA Cup is all they’ve got left - again. It’s not good enough. At the start of the season the FA Cup is the least important thing on their radar. But by this stage of the season it’s their main target.”

“He was wrong to show his frustration with the fans. They pay top dollar to watch Arsenal.”

The biggest frustration on Arsenal’s part is not being eight points off the league leaders at this stage of the season, it’s the fact that the league leaders are Leicester City of all teams.

In a season where Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool all falter, Arsenal simply have to take advantage yet a succession of dropped points has left them with an uphill battle.

The Gunners’ immediate attentions turn to their FA Cup quarter-final clash with Watford this weekend, a game in which Wenger simply has to win if he holds any hope of keeping the fans on board.

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