Wenger de­serves more re­spect from Arse­nal fans

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Alex Iwobi has called on Arse­nal fans to ‘have a bit more re­spect’ for Arsene Wenger, and in­sisted that play­ers at the club still back their man­ager.

The Arse­nal boss is un­der huge pres­sure fol­low­ing a string of poor re­sults, with some sec­tions of sup­port­ers call­ing for the man­ager’s head.

But Iwobi called Wenger ‘a great man’, and la­beled fans ‘im­pa­tient’.

“They need to have a bit more re­spect in my opin­ion,” he said af­ter Nige­ria’s friendly draw with Sene­gal on Thurs­day.

“I mean, he’s been at the club for 20 years, he’s achieved a lot, ob­vi­ously they’re a bit im­pa­tient with the re­sults and where they want to fin­ish.

“We also want to fin­ish there, we want to win the league like any­one else, I can guar­an­tee we are try­ing our hard­est.

“What­ever hap­pens we are the play­ers, we af­fect the re­sult. We don’t re­ally look at the ban­ners or what fans are scream­ing, we fo­cus on try­ing to do our jobs on the pitch.”

Wenger has still not made public his plans be­yond this sum­mer when his cur­rent con­tract ex­pires, but as re­vealed this week, he is ex­pected to sign a new deal.

Iwobi said the play­ers are still in the dark over their boss’s fu­ture, but he hoped the French­man will stay at the Emi­rates ‘no mat­ter what’.

“Hon­estly, I’m wait­ing as much as you guys are. I don’t know ex­actly what’s go­ing on. But me, per­son­ally, I’d like him to stay.

“No mat­ter who is in the job, or who gets the role, we’re al­ways go­ing to fight for the man­ager, ev­ery player al­ways gives 100 per cent, no mat­ter what, we’ll just play.

“He al­ways backs our play­ers and he is a great man. He’s been great to me as well, I’ll al­ways back him, no mat­ter what.

“For what he’s done for me, I’d like to say thank you, for bring­ing me in to such a world class team, and I’m play­ing al­most reg­u­larly.”

Iwobi also in­sisted that there are no ten­sions in the squad, par­tic­u­larly to­ward Alexis Sanchez, who in re­cent weeks has cut a frus­trated fig­ure.

“He’s a player that al­ways wants to win, like every­one in the team,” added Iwobi.

“But it’s just a win­ning men­tal­ity, it’s not some­thing every­one in the team hates, we all love to have a player like that.

“The goals and the as­sists he brings to the team are great.” Daily Mail

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