The talks surrounding the future of Arsene Wenger at the Emirates have been ongoing for longer than most fans would’ve realised, but as reported by Sky Sports, things could finally be taking a step in the right direction for those who want a change at the top of Arsenal Football Club.
In the wake of the club’s humiliating 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion, which was the Gunners’ fourth straight loss in all competitions, members of the Arsenal Supporters Trust held their annual meeting in London as they discussed what is quickly becoming a disastrous campaign.
Prior to it getting underway every single member was surveyed regarding whether or not they support the idea of the Frenchman carrying on as manager next season, and the results speak for themselves.
The numbers tell the entire story
A massive 88% of voters determined that they do not want to see Wenger on the touchline in August, with 5% claiming they were undecided and the remaining 7% deciding that the 68-year-old should make the decision himself.
With that being said, it’s worth noting that while AST possesses more than 1,000 members, only 450 participated in the survey – although, given the current state of affairs, it seems likely to suggest that the majority would still have voted in favour of Wenger leaving in May or even prior.
Nigel Phillips, who is a spokesperson for the group, had the following to say: “We just can’t go on like this. Maybe we are at a time change is coming and surely the board and owner must realise that. (Wenger) is like a desperate man clinging on.”
While this all may seem like a relatively pointless exercise, the group have been awarded a private meeting with chief executive Ivan Gazidis which will take place this Sunday.
Of course, this is a rotten situation whichever way you look at it, as many Arsenal fans would’ve been hoping that Wenger would have a successful final season or two before riding off into the sunset. Alas, that isn’t going to be the case by the looks of things, and with some tricky fixtures still to come things could continue to get worse before they get better.
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