The Gunners manager has come under fire for his side’s defeat…
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he stayed sat in the dugout during his team’s loss to Stoke City because he wanted to avoid opposing side Stoke’s fans, reports the Metro.
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This is an amazing admission from the Frenchman, who has come under pressure recently following his team’s poor form. After the loss at the Britannia Stadium fans were caught booing the 65-year-old as he got on the team bus. There were also shouts of “get out of our club.”
Potters fans were unable to do the same as the Gunners boss avoided their scorn by sitting on the bench throughout the match.
“They [Stoke fans] love me so much here I did not want to give them an opportunity to show me that love,” Wenger told reporters afterwards.
This is a surprising thing to say as it is the same as revealing that he was intimidated by the home crowd. If the manager is intimidated by the fans, then how are the players going to cope?
The Gunners will hope to regain some sort of form in their next match against Galatasaray in the Champions League. They need to win and Borussia Dortmund to lose if they want to qualify in first place from their group.
The North London club return to the Premier League next Saturday against Newcastle United, who recently ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the campaign.