Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger unfazed by criticism

Arsene Wenger and Alan Irvine

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Arsene Wenger insists he is keeping his calm in the face of anger from the terraces, who believe he should depart the club after a banner was held aloft that criticised the Frenchman during the 1-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.

The Gunners travelled to the Hawthorns on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates in midweek, but a cagey affair could only be settled by a second-half Danny Welbeck header.

Despite the back-to-back victories, unrest is beginning to grow within the Arsenal fan base as supporters begin to grow uneasy with Wenger’s inability to challenge for the title in recent years – which was compounded by the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

A banner was unveiled throughout the win at West Brom that read:
“Arsene, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye”.

Arsenal are priced at 1.90 to achieve victory in their next match – against Southampton at the Emirates on Wednesday – and Wenger has now dismissed any speculation about his future,saying: “I don’t comment on that. Do I need to say it again? I don’t comment on your question.”

He continued: “Every person has responsibility to prepare for the future, always.

“The only thing we can do is let people talk. We live in a society of total opinion but we live off not what we say but what we do, and what we do is on the pitch,” he said.

Wenger’s next opponents Southampton, have started the season superbly and are currently above the Gunners in the table. They are priced at 3.53 to leave London with all three points, having already won at the Emirates earlier this season in the Capital One Cup.

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