Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny gives his verdict on Wenger Out banners

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was the subject of criticism from the club’s supporters.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny says he can understand the supporters’ frustrations when asked to give his verdict on the recent ‘Wenger Out’ banners demonstrated during games, the Mirror reports.

Arsene Wenger has seen a large section of the club’s fanbase turn on him, with banners saying ‘Thanks for the memories, but it’s time to say goodbye’ visible in the recent 4-0 FA Cup replay victory over Hull City.

Koscielny, responding to calls for his boss to be sacked, says the club have let themselves down since the turn of the New Year and that he understands the reaction of the supporters.

“We’ve put ourselves in difficulty in February and March. We failed in important games where we had to win and we didn’t do it, so we put ourselves in a difficult situation,” the French defender explained.

“With regards to Arsene, I think he has seen other banners since he’s been at the club.”

"The coach is very serene. He knows what he’s done for the club. But I can understand the frustration of the fans — the club hasn’t won the title for a long time.”

Arsenal last won the Premier League title 12 seasons ago, and many have suggested that this was arguably their best chance yet of ending the drought with so many of the usual challengers faltering.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United have all underachieved this season, yet the Gunners haven’t profited in he same way Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have.

The Foxes lead the table and with only eight league games remaining for Arsenal, they find themselves 11 points behind Claudio Ranieri’s men and knocked out of both cup competitions.

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