Arsene Wenger has risked the wrath of Arsenal fans by saying they create a difficult climate at the Emirates due to angry protestations and insisting they should learn from Liverpool.
We lost the championship at home against the lower teams, but we played at home in a very difficult climate,’ Wenger said.”We have to realise that, away from home, we are championship winners. At home, against the smaller teams, we lost the league. This club does have special values though and one I’ve experienced over the years is to stick together and support the team.There’s no success without that”.
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The Arsenal boss risked further condemnation from his own supporters when suggesting they should follow the example of followers of Premier League rivals Liverpool.Wenger said: “Liverpool are a good example to follow. They’re a big club. We are a very big club. Look, I can understand the frustration of our fans. But, despite that, they want to support our team.The best chance they can give our team is to be behind our team. Some groups of people try to manipulate our fans, and I believe apart from an agenda, a personal agenda, a big ego, there’s not a lot behind it. This club has special values. But sometimes we must put things into perspective and see how the club’s evolution has gone.Our expectation is higher and and so too is the frustration”.
“When we built the stadium we had difficult financial years. We had to sell our best players and survive. We are out of that position and in a good position. But during that time it was difficult.I wish when I go the club goes higher up and wins the Champions League and championship every year.I will be the biggest supporter in the stand because I will feel I have contributed to that.You have to remember when we built the stadium we had five to seven difficult financial years. We had to be three years in the Champions League and have a 54,000 average attendance. We had to sell our best players and survive. And we didn’t do three years out of five we did five years out of five. During that time it was very competitive”.
Wenger defended Kroenke on Friday, saying: “Every club should work with the resources it generates and that is what we do.That is one of the values I speak about and that is what I speak about.He has never stopped me in the transfer market. He is very ambitious, we all are”.
Arsene Wenger was talking at a press conference ahead of a must win game against Norwich City.