Arsenal qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after demolishing Championship side Hull City, thanks to a brace each from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.
After the match, however, travelling fans at the KC Stadium unfurled a banner that called for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s departure from the club. Wenger has come under fire recently for a poor string of results that have dented the Gunners’ title ambitions.
The banner unfurled by the Arsenal fans said, ‘Arsène, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye.’
The Frenchman maintained after the match that he did not care about the harsh words from a section of the Arsenal supporters, and refused to entertain any more questions on the subject.
“There’s nothing disappointing for me,” said Wenger, according to the Guardian.
“I do my job. Look at the history of the club, since the club exists, and you will see that I have nothing to be scared of. I don’t care. I do not want to speak about that because it is always the same story. It is enough now. If you have any questions ask other people. Do you know someone who has won it [the FA Cup] more than me?”
FA Cup triumph necessary if Premier League title slips away
Arsene Wenger has spent nineteen years at Arsenal, but his last Premier League win came in the 2003-04 season. Though the Gunners are always among the teams aiming to win the title at the start of the season, they fall short on each occasion. They are facing an uphill task this time around as well, with eight points separating them from league leaders Leicester City.
Arsenal’s Champions League ambitions are all but over, after falling to a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of their Round of 16 clash. However, the Gunners have won the FA Cup in the last two seasons, and defending their trophy this campaign would make them only the third club in history to achieve the feat of winning three successive FA Cups. Once again, it appears as though the world’s oldest cup competition could be the saving grace for Arsene Wenger and his side.