Arsenal fans have had their say on Arsene Wenger’s future, with 88 per cent of a prominent supporters group voting in favour of the manager contract being terminated at the end of the season. The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust canvassed their 1,000 members ahead of their annual general meeting on Monday night, with those who responded overwhelmingly calling for the Frenchman’s 21-year tenure to come to a close. The Gunners lost a fourth game in a row following a 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Sunday, which leaves Wenger’s side 13 points off the top-four.
A large majority of travelling supporters at the AMEX Stadium chanted “we want Wenger out”, with the club 33 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City and closer to the foot of the Premier League table than the summit. During the current run, Arsenal were outclassed by City in the Carabao Cup final, having already seen their FA Cup defence end with defeat at Nottingham Forest in the third round. The only remaining hope for silverware, and a return to the Champions League, is to win the Europa League with Arsenal’s first leg of their round of 16 clash against AC Milan taking place in the San Siro on Thursday.
Ahead of that game, the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) held their annual general meeting. And, following a run of eight defeats in 13 games, the majority of respondents to a members’ survey were clear what they wanted to see. “In a survey conducted online & at tonight’s meeting 88 per cent of AST members vote for Arsenal ending Arsene Wenger’s contract when position reviewed this summer (seven per cent for staying on and five per cent don’t know yet),” a tweet from the AST Twitter account read.
Arsenal went through a similarly poor run of form at the same stage of last season, losing seven in 12 before chief executive Ivan Gazidis said those results would be a “catalyst for change”. Wenger’s position was uncertain during that spell as his contract was due to expire but, despite Gazidis’ words and a number of matchday protests and marches, he penned a new two-year deal after guiding Arsenal to a third FA Cup in four years.