Steve Claridge questions soft Arsene Wenger atmosphere excuse

Arsene Wenger

The Arsenal boss recently questioned the crowd at the Emirates.

Steve Claridge has questioned Arsene Wenger’s blaming the atmosphere at the Emirates for his side’s struggles this season, in comments to BBC Sport.

The Gunners have disappointed this season having looked like title contenders at the beginning of 2016 but fallen away and now scrambling for a top four place instead.

That has seen the pressure firmly put upon Arsene Wenger, with some fans calling for him to end his long reign at the club to make them genuine contenders again.

The Frenchman fuelled those flames this week by saying it was the home form that has lost them the league and criticising those who pretend to be fans but have their own agendas, namely to get him sacked.

Claridge though, says he is surprised by those comments and claiming they are soft from the long serving Gunners boss. 

"That wasn't a great comment by Arsene Wenger and I'm surprised he has made it,” he told BBC Sport.

“It's not a great excuse and I don't think it will go down particularly well. Arsenal have under performed and under achieved this season. Those atmospheres only come about when under perform. It's an excuse and it all seems a bit soft to me."

The comments from Wenger certainly haven’t done anything to turn the supporters’ opinion back in his favour.

His side should have done better this season given how poorly their rivals, such as Chelsea and Manchester City have performed.

Instead they have floundered while Leicester City and Tottenham, Hotspur have taken the chance to impress and Wenger must accept that he should come in for blame.

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