Date: 1st May 2016 at 12:10pm
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A lot of the focus yesterday was the “protest” some sections of Arsenal fans had chosen to participate in.

In what has been possibly the politest “out” campaign in football history some fans have decided to let their feelings be known that they`re ready to try out a new manager at the club, however it`s not all cut and dry as other sections of the fan base still support the Frenchman.

Whilst Wenger acknowledged the protest (and claimed he didn`t let it affect him as he was focused on the game … which I don`t believe) he was also aware of the vocal support he had on his side.

In one of the more difficult press conferences after the game he said

“It was a bit of a strange atmosphere. We have to live with that. Some fans were protesting, yes, but a big majority didn`t and the big majority was behind the team. They showed that they appreciate what I`ve done until now, so it`s alright. It was a difficult atmosphere yes, but we have just to live with that, give more, focus on our performance and try to make 100 per cent of our fans happy. That`s our target.”

“The game was difficult in itself and the atmosphere was alright. I think the fans were behind the team and I believe as well we had not the stylish performance that could raise people off their seats. We had a serious and studious performance, a bit subdued at stages. We wanted absolutely to win the game and we did it.”

“I`m a professional who has given 19 years to this club and tries to give the best for the club. I have to accept the judgment of people. The only thing I don`t doubt is my sincere commitment to the club. After, I`m sorry if I can`t keep [everyone] 100 per cent happy, but maybe it`s as well because we have been remarkably consistent. This season is a bit special because we were in a position for a long time where our fans believed we could win the league. We didn`t, so that`s why I think it`s more disappointed love than real aggression. We have to accept that because we are a bit in the same situation.”

Whilst I do think it`s time for a change I have never doubted Wenger`s commitment to the club and his desire to get us back to the top, I just believe he can no longer do that and the right thing to do would be to realise that and step aside.

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