Arsene Wenger claims supporter criticism has affected Arsenal reputation
Wenger’s claims that fans didn’t give the unity required for Arsenal’s global image
April 23rd, 2018
Arsene Wenger received a warm reception before Arsenal’s 4-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, something that the Frenchman appreciated, although he later told reporters that some of the supporters are responsible for Arsenal’s global reputation being tarnished.
For several seasons, the fans have been questioning Wenger’s inability to spend enough money on players along with the Frenchman’s tactics, although the Arsenal boss reckons that criticism means that image has been affected.
“I believe this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England, and our fans did not give the image of unity that I wanted. That was hurtful because I feel the club is respected over the world and, overall, the image we gave from our club is not what it is – and not what I like.
“I feel this club has a fantastic image and, for me, that is absolutely vital. We can speak and speak and speak but sport is about winning and losing and you [the supporters] have to accept you will lose games, even when I will not be here any more.
“But it is about something bigger than just winning or losing and that was always a worry: how the club is perceived worldwide, for kids playing in Africa, China and America and the dreams it can create for young children who want to play football.
“I am not resentful and I do not want to make stupid headlines. I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club is … for me, that is more important than me staying. That is all I want to say. It is nothing to do with the fans. The fans were not happy and I can understand that. It’s my job. I have to live with that. I can accept that.”