Arsene Wenger has urged the fans to support the team claiming he understands their frustration.
To the annoyance of the fans, the team are currently battling to finish in the top four instead of competing to win the title and Wenger says he understands the fans feelings and is as disappointed as we are.
Arseal were tipped to win the Premier League title after starting the season in superb form but the team has been disappointing since the turn of 2016 and the fans have began to make their displeasure known. Wenger also added that the team lost the title at home against smaller teams and urged the fans to stick with the team.
“It is very frustrating because we were in a position for a long, long time where we could compete for the title,” the manager told the club’s official website.
“In the last three years we have won the FA Cup and the Community Shield [in 2014 and 2015] and finished third in the league. We wanted to go a step higher up and win the league, which was possible. That’s why we are frustrated.
“I can understand the frustration, because nobody is more frustrated than we are. But [we need] to fight no matter what happens, master all kinds of situations and protect and go for what we can achieve. Our disappointment has not to go too far.
“Some people questioned the team’s character. I tell you something: this team has character and attitude. People…should not question the character of these players, because they are exceptional characters.
“We are disappointed but we have to fight. We have not to forget that in football you go down very quickly and you come up very slowly. We have to stick together.
“We lost the championship at home against the lower teams. We have to realise that away from home we are championship winners. At home, against the smaller teams, we dropped the points. We are top of the league in [matches between] the top teams.
Wenger also added that he is keen to strengthen the club this summer and will try to address the club’s deficiency so the team can perform better next season, but urged the fans to stick with the team.
“We want to add what is needed. But as well this club has special values and one of the values I’ve experienced over the years is to stick together and support the team. There’s no success otherwise.
“I can understand the frustration of our fans but despite that we want to support our team and the best chance you can give to a team is to be behind them.”