Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is not influenced by the banner flown above the Bet365 stadium when they played Stoke City in the Premier League.
Arsenal eventually won the game 4-1 on Saturday to move a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
A section of the fans are protesting the Frenchman’s continued stay as the head coach despite years of stagnation. Wenger is out of contract at the end of the year and the fans want him to leave after 21 years in charge.
Wenger was successful in his first six years as he led teams to win two League and Cup doubles. The club has failed to win the Champions League even though they regularly qualify for it. Heck, Wenger has reached just one final. In the past 12 years, Wenger has won just two trophies which were the back to back FA Cup in 2014 and 2015.Of recent a cycle has been happening. Top players would play, win and lose some games then exit the side due to different levels of ambition. And it seems that cycle is not ending soon.
Olivier Giroud, MesutOzil and Alexis Sanchez scored the four goals as Arsenal rounded Stoke 4-1. The victory pushes the fight against the Kop to the last game of the season. Both sides have similar goals’ difference but the Reds are the favourites for the last Champions League spot.
Wenger said he remained unfazed by the protests and that he would continue to remain committed as long as he is at the helm of affairs.
“I want to focus on football and all the rest is, for me, less important,” he added.
On him signing a one-year deal to remain at the club, Wenger declined to comment. Rumours have it that he would remain for a year to plan his exit and appoint a worthy successor – to avoid the United story.