Olivier Giroud claims that the Arsenal squad are fully behind their much maligned manager.
The French striker, as quoted in the Guardian, believes the club were correct to offer Wenger a new contract and has full belief in the squad to win silverware this year. He was quoted as saying;
“We want Arsène Wenger to renew his contract, to continue his adventure, because we support him. We hope we can win the Cup and that Arsenal qualify for the Champions League.”
If there is truth to such sentiment however, Giroud and his comrades certainly have an odd way of displaying such loyalty. The club have won just two matches since February 11, against Sutton United and Lincoln City and in defeat they have been far from valiant. Indeed they have looked inept to the point that many supporters are convinced they have no interest in playing for Wenger any longer.
Even by Arsenal’s admittedly lofty standards, their collapse this year has been one of epic proportions and it began to look like Wenger’s stint at the club would soon come to a close. Such assumptions now look wide of the mark however, as it seems clear that the board are intent on retaining Wenger’s services beyond the end of the season. Such speculation has understandably been met with rampant fury by the vocal supporters of Arsenal, but Giroud’s latest comments leave them in a particularly dark place.
With the board, the manager and seemingly all the players resolutely adopting the opinion that Wenger is the best man for the job, Arsenal fans have nowhere else to turn. As any viewer of Arsenal Fan TV is more than aware, their desperation has been ramping up to previously unknown heights in recent weeks. Indeed such heights were scaled in a literal sense on Saturday when not one, but two planes flew above the Hawthorns pushing contradictory opinions on whether Wenger should leave or remain.
The Emirates faithful that support Wenger will no doubt be pleased with recent revelations but the size- able proportion that want to see him leave appear to have no voice in the club’s hierarchy. To allow such bitterness and resentment to fester further in the stands could see Wenger leave an additional unwanted legacy, a bitterly divided Arsenal fanbase.
Flying a plane above stadiums is not the first steps of supporters that feel alienated by their club, but it certainly isn’t the last step either. Should this core group of fans come to feel further neglected than they are at present, the consequences could be more damaging to the football club than plain embarrassment.