Arsenal look to get their Premier League campaign back on track today against West Brom at The Hawthorns and Gunners fans appear to have chosen this game to express their feelings over manager Arsene Wenger in the form of banners flying overhead.
Arsenal were dumped out of the Champions League in recent days by Bayern Munich in a 10-2 aggregate scoreline which left fans fuming. Following a run of form that saw the Gunners drop off the pace in the race for the Premier League title, it appears some fans have had enough and have stepped up their ‘Wenger Out’ campaign.
As their contest with West Brom got going, fans noted a plane flying over the stadium dragging this banner in it’s wake.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) March 18, 2017
It is certainly not the first time Arsenal fans have demanded the exit of the Frenchman. In recent seasons, as the wheels have come off yet another title challenge, the ‘Wenger Out’ banners unfurl.
Now it appears that fans have decided to go a step further.
On the pitch West Brom took the lead over the visitors in the early game, only for Alexis Sanchez to equalise minutes later.
As if to reflect the on-field pull and push performance of the Gunners, a second plane has crossed the skies over The Hawthorns, this time expressing trust in Wenger.
In the air at West Brom Arsenal pic.twitter.com/P1Rr8Clq5z
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) March 18, 2017
In a way, these banners showcase just how divided fans are over the long serving Wenger. Desperate for another Premier League title, the veteran manager has seen his side fall short time and time again since their ‘Invincible’ season in 2004.
Now in his final year of his current contract with Arsenal, it remains to be seen if Wenger will wish to, or be asked to, extend his two decade long association with the club.
Based on the skies overhead, it seems that whatever Wenger does next season will both please and disappoint some fans.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena