Impassioned Ian Wright claims Arsenal fans no longer believe Arsene Wenger's rhetoric

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The Gunners legend says the club's supporters are tired of hearing the same things from the long-serving manager.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has told NBC Sports that he believes the club's supporters are sick and tired of hearing the same things every year from Arsene Wenger and says that settling for simply qualifying for the Champions League is not fair on the fans.

The Gunners have made it a 20th consecutive season in Europe's elite competition by securing another top-four finish this year, but they have again seen a promising title challenge fizzle out in the second half of the campaign.

It is now 12 years since Arsenal last won the title and that achievement, when a dazzlingly good squad went the entire Premier League campaign unbeaten, is the last thing of which many Gunners fans are proud.

Since that 2003-04 season they have finished in the top two only once, as runners-up the following year, placing in fourth in six of the last 10 years.

They did reach the Champions League final in 2006, being beaten by Barcelona, and ended a decade wait for a trophy with back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in the last two years.

For many fans, however, that is not enough to qualify as success, and this season's title collapse, coupled with the club failing to progress beyond the first knockout round of the Champions League for a sixth year in a row, has seen unprecedented levels of protest against Wenger.

Wright, who scored 184 goals in 285 games for the club in the 1990s, has given a damning assessment of the fans' relationship with Wenger, insisting that supporters no longer believe the words that come out of the manager's mouth.

The 52-year-old told NBC Sports: "He says things that maybe they don’t believe anymore, about how the squad is a very good squad.

"He says they are a very hard-working squad and determined squad, one of the best squads he’s worked with, and then what happens is when you look at the way results have gone, especially the last five, six, seven years in respects of winning the Premier League, they fall short.

"So, the fans are tired of hearing the same stuff. They are tired of the fact that the board are satisfied that Arsene has qualified for the Champions League for 20 years. I don’t think it’s fair on the Arsenal fans that they should continue to be paying the money they are paying and at the end of the day they aren’t really getting anything back for it."

Arsenal can at least overhaul arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur to finish as runners-up for the first time in 11 years if they beat already-relegated Aston Villa in their final fixture on Sunday and Spurs suffer defeat to relegation-battling Newcastle United.

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