Arsenal fans may have finally nailed the coffin on Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club, with the news that a vast majority of supporters have voted against the Frenchman remaining at the Emirates beyond the current campaign.
The AGM of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust was held on Monday after the Gunners fell to a fourth consecutive defeat at the hands of Brighton over the weekend. Defeat leaves Arsenal with little hope of a Champions League finish, and their hopes resting upon Europa League success.
A survey was conducted during the meeting in which supporters were asked whether or not they wanted Wenger at the club for the 2018/19 season – the response, a whopping 88% voting against the continuation of the 68-year-old’s reign – with a further 5% still remaining undecided on the issue.
While fan discontent will seem like nothing new when it comes to Arsenal, a major development is the fact that the results of the survey will be brought forward to the Gunners board.
According to Sky Sports, Supporters Trust members will hold a private meeting with Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis over the weekend – where they will present the South African with the results of the survey.
Calls for Wenger’s resignation have long rung out at the Emirates, with ‘Wenger Out’ protests a regular fixture of recent campaigns given the inconsistency of Arsenal’s performances as well as their inability to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, and FA Cup successes deemed all but a consolation.
While Wenger will leave the club still regarded by many as their most successful manager ever given his 17 trophies in 22 years – it appears that his departure will come in acrimonious circumstance, and with this news, perhaps sooner rather than later.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.