Wenger: Rich fans don’t in­flu­ence me

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Arsene Wenger dis­missed protests from Ar­se­nal fans seek­ing his re­moval as man­ager and called on his play­ers to fo­cus in­stead on the club’s push for Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball next sea­son.

An em­phatic 4-1 win at Stoke kept the Gun­ners in con­tention for a top four fin­ish and a 21st con­sec­u­tive sea­son of elite Euro­pean foot­ball.

But while Wenger’s name was sung out heartily by sup­port­ers in­side Stoke’s sta­dium early in the game a plane flew over­head car­ry­ing a ban­ner call­ing for the French­man not to re­turn next sea­son.

“When you say fans, who do you mean? The rich ones?” said Wenger when asked for his re­ac­tion.

“Look, I am paid to do my job for the club I love and I will do that as long as I’m here with full com­mit­ment. I’m not in­flu­enced by that at all, all I do is give my best.

“We have 69 points to­day so let’s make 72 on Tues­day and after that I will give my best for as long as I’m here for the val­ues of this club and for the club.

“I want to fo­cus on foot­ball and the rest is less im­por­tant. I’m not in politics. I’m in sport, I love sport and give my 24 hours a day for what I love. I am in a pub­lic job, some agree with me, some not.”

Ear­lier, re­ports in France had even sug­gested that Wenger has al­ready agreed a one-year deal to re­main in charge at the Emi­rates, but the 67-year-old re­fused to con­firm or deny the claim.

The vic­tory fea­tured two goals from Olivier Giroud and ef­forts from Me­sut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez al­though Ar­se­nal faced an anx­ious pe­riod in the sec­ond half after Peter Crouch pulled the score back to 2-1 with a goal that owed much to an ob­vi­ous hand­ball from the Stoke substitute. AFP

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