Former Arsenal star Ian Wright has revealed that Arsene Wenger’s managerial reign is nearing its end, whilst slamming fans for disrespecting the Frenchman.
The former footballer turned pundit was a fan favourite at Highbury, and still remains well-liked by the Arsenal faithful. Wright, who scored 128 league goals for the club, earned his place in the hearts of our fans under Arsene Wenger’s tutelage, and he has moved to slam the actions of some of those attending the weekend’s win over Norwich City.
“I heard a song the other day and you’ve got them [Arsenal fans] singing ‘I hope you die in vein’,” he said on HITC. “When he [Wenger] does come back at some stage, they’re going to be embarrassed about the way they’re acting right now. They just need to hold their anger and let things take its natural course. I know how frustrating it is.”
Wright continued to claim that the current boss will be leaving in the near future, and there is no need to give the club’s greatest ever manager a dishonorable reception.
“It was embarrassing. The people singing ‘only one Arsene Wenger’ actually drowned them out. Everybody knows the time is coming [that Wenger leaves]. Don’t disrespect him. He’s the greatest manager in the history of our club.”
Any chants claiming to hope Wenger dies is certainly not welcomed, and I’m glad the protest failed. Wenger has one year remaining on his contract, and whilst there are rumours of a new one, I don’t believe he will sign a new one unless he has the complete backing of the fans.
Wright clearly thinks he is going in the near future, but that certainly does not mean the immediate future would be bright…