Victory but Wenger left ‘irritated’


ARSENE WENGER has said he is “irritated and frustrated” that he cannot make every Arsenal supporter happy.

The Gunners boss had to endure calls for his departure on Saturday before and during his side’s 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Norwich at the Emirates, courtesy of substitute Danny Welbeck’s 59th-minute strike
Fans from the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, the Black Scarf Movement and Red Action handed out posters with the message ‘time for change’ and some fans held them up after 12 and 78 minutes – 12 being the number of years the club have now gone without winning the league.

In a divided stadium, there were those who supported their manager, singing “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” in response to the protest.

After the victory Wenger said: “We respect the opinion of everybody. We gave absolutely the best.


“I’m really sorry I cannot make them all happy but we will continue to work hard to achieve it.

“It was a bit of a strange atmosphere. I think the fans were behind the team, and I believe as well that we did not have the stylish performance that could raise people off their seats.”

The three points took Arsenal a step closer to securing a place in the top four and with it Champions League football next season.

Wenger’s men, however, have a tough assignment next week when they travel to Manchester City, before completing their campaign with a home fixture against relegated Aston Villa.


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