Wenger: Clinching top-four spot is a good challenge for Arsenal

The Arsenal boss was speaking as a small band of supporters gathered outside the club's training ground to continue the growing protests against Wenger.

A group of fans in the stadium held up a banner with "Wenger Out" sprayed on.

The group vowed to pull a stunt at every home game from now until the end of the season to force the Arsenal board to remove Wenger.

"I would like you to visit one day the club now, what it is, [compared] to what it was when I arrived".

Disappointing results have left Arsenal behind in the race for the Champions League spots and some fans calling for the Frenchman to step down as manager.

"For 20 years I have done it and it looked nothing", he said. Suddenly it becomes important, so I am quite pleased that people realise that it's not as easy as it looks.

Wenger feels his years of guiding the Gunners into the top four will help achieve the same feat this season, even if they are seven points adrift ahead of Wednesday's visit of the struggling Hammers. "Let's finish as strong as we can and show that we have some resilience, some quality and some mental spirit that we have shown against City". This is a must win game for Arsene and his team as they lock horns with other teams (Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool & Manchester United) over qualification for Europe's elite club competition. I think now is the time to sit back and take stock because he's done a wonderful job.

One of them had dressed up as Wenger, holding up a "4th place trophy", while another was dressed as Sanchez. "That's why you want the fans to stand behind the team".

The Frenchman has been facing questions about his future regularly this season as his contract is due to expire in the summer.

The decision of the Foxes to get rid of Claudio Ranieri less than a year after his remarkable EPL title triumph was roundly condemned by the football world, much more so than Wenger's departure would be, but it has been completely vindicated as they now look a different team.

"Why should I waste energy on that, honestly?" he said.

  • Julie Sanders