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Arsene Wenger Has Subtle Pop At Arsenal Fans In Weird Programme Notes From Tonight's Game

Arsene Wenger Has Subtle Pop At Arsenal Fans In Weird Programme Notes From Tonight's Game
By Gavan Casey Updated
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Chatter from London this evening suggests and anti-Wenger march near the Emirates was cancelled when only 10 people showed face.

The Arsenal manager has, perhaps, regained the trust of large portions of Arsenal fans with recent results - a spirited draw with Manchester City at the weekend doing little for their top four chances but at least displaying a modicum of bottle which has so often been absent this season. More likely is the possibility that Arsenal fans have simply succumbed to the inertia of everyday Arsenalhood, and can't be arsed protesting again until the summer.

In his notes in tonight's match programme, however, Wenger seems oddly indignant, appearing to scoff at the naysayers not just from this season, but from all of his 20 seasons, who took for granted his ability to steer Arsenal near enough to the top of the table on a consistent basis. He also reminds fans that it could be worse.

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"Finishing in the top four is a good challenge but I think it is perfectly possible," Wenger wrote ahead of Arsenal's game with West Ham.

I have done it for 20 years and it looked always like nothing. Suddenly it becomes important, so I am quite pleased people realise it is not as easy as it looks.

The experience of having done it before will play a part of course, but I think it is just about sticking together and continuing to right. If we show the same spirit we showed against City, we will win football games.

We were unbeaten for 19 games this season, and I think it's a good opportunity to remind people we are not finishing to not be relegated, we are fighting to have a positive end to the season.

That's why you want the fans to stand behind the team and that the debate at the moment is about that.

Thanks for the reminder, Arsene.

It's also hard to decipher what he means by finishing in the top four, 'suddenly being important'. Champions League qualification has been important since the competitions inception, but more so in the past decade due to the massive financial benefit. It's not as if it's a new fad.

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The 'reminder', however, is one which Arsenal fans will surely not appreciate, in that it seems to demand they be satisfied with an extremely close battle for the top four, with six teams legitimately in contention and Arsenal, despite their history, currently outsiders.

(Most) Arsenal fans haven't been acting like their team is about to be relegated; they simply want more than another gallant battle for Champions League qualification having been told since 2004 that their team is capable of winning a Premier League.

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