Arsenal fans react to Arsene Wenger's claims that he "built" club


The Gunners faithful aren't in the least bit happy with the Frenchman's latest quotes.

Arsenal fans have responded on Twitter to Arsene Wenger's claims that he "built" the club.

Ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash in Barcelona, the veteran French manager, who joined the Gunners in 1996, responded to speculation over his job by suggesting that his achievements in North London gives him the luxury of deciding his own future.

As quoted by The Independent, the 66-year-old said: “I have no doubt about my motivation. I built this club with hard work and without any external resources.

"If you compare the club when I arrived and how it is today, it is moved forward – and without any help from anybody. There was no money from anyone. Now I am even more motivated than the first day I arrived.

"And I feel even more pressure and responsibility to keep this club moving forward.”

Wenger's claims have not gone down well with some Gunners fans, who took to Twitter to slam the much-maligned coach.

Wenger has contributed three league titles to the club's overall haul of 13, and has led Arsenal to six of their 12 FA Cup trophies - more than any other English club.

He has also managed to retain a certain competitiveness following the construction of the Emirates Stadium, which initially took its toll on their capacity to compete in the transfer market.

But fans' reception toward him has grown more volatile than ever before as the North Londoners look set to miss out on a first league title since 2004, with Wenger's side 11 points behind Leicester City - albeit with a game in hand - and six adrift of bitter local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in second.

They surrendered their FA Cup title in shock fashion to Watford on Sunday, while Barcelona boast a 2-0 first-leg advantage ahead of tonight's last-16 Champions League tie.

It certainly seems as if Arsenal will endure a trophyless season and it remains to be seen if Wenger will reach his 20-year anniversary in September.

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