Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger feels that the fans will get behind the team and players down the jeers his side faced at the Emirates.
“He is a specialist in failure…The reality is that he’s a specialist because eight years without a piece of silverware is failure.”
Mourinho’s recent swipe at the Arsenal manager brings to light Arsenal’s 8 year trophy drought under Arsene Wenger’s reign. Reports emerge that Arsenal currently have £140million in their bank accounts which brings to question Arsene Wenger drawing blanks this winter transfer window.
After a brilliant start to the season, Arsenal are currently competing for the Premier League trophy after several years and hence questions were asked when Wenger refused to add to his fire-power this January transfer window. With the season entering its ‘business-end’ and Arsenal suffering from a string of injuries, it was extremely crucial for the French manager to bring in fresh reinforcements to add to his arsenal of players. But Wenger ended up signing an injured Kim Kallstrom on loan much to everyone’s surprise who will be unavailable for the coming weeks.
Reportedly the fans have been left fuming after finding out that despite having the financial means to pull a major coup this January, their manager failed to bring any new names that could have revitalised their charge for the Premier League. According to the fans, the focus should be clearly on winning a trophy and Arsene Wenger needed to have been more successful in the transfer window.
While the financial figures have gone up, Arsenal have irked the Emirates faithful after charging their season ticket-holders extra for the upcoming clash against Bayern Munich. Scheduled to be a mouth-watering encounter, Arsenal supporters will have to pay through their nose to watch their team in action against the best European side in 2012-2013.
Arsenal’s lucrative deal with Puma along with other commercial contracts have brought enough cash at their London premises and the club is planning to invest it wisely to develop the squad along with the club infrastructure.
But despite the luxury of having enough financial resources, Arsenal remains unsuccessful in bringing new players, except for Mesut Ozil last summer, and the fans are clearly letting their feelings know about the manager.
However, Arsene Wenger feels that it will be ‘unbelievable’ if the fans do not back the team and the players at this crucial juncture in their campaign. He seemed to remain confident and assured the supporters that Arsenal is still fighting strong in all the three competitions and is well placed to end the trophy drought.
“We are one point off the leader, we play in the Champions League, we play in the FA Cup. If on top of that we don’t have a crowd which is behind us, that would be absolutely unbelievable.
“It (the booing) was because I think the crowd is behind the team but they were frustrated which is understandable. We were [frustrated] as well.
“I cannot say I think the crowd will not be behind the team. If they were not behind the team that would be a surprise.”
Facing Liverpool on Sunday and then a visit from Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal sure needs all the support it can muster from its despairing fans.