Wenger will not allow incident at Stoke station to grind him down.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will remain defiant in the face of increasing criticism from the club’s supporters, report the Mirror, after a now notorious video surfaced of the Frenchman being boo’d and jeered as he boarded a train back to London at Stoke-On-Trent station following Saturday’s disappointing 3-2 defeat against Stoke City.
Wenger was asked in his pre-match press confidence ahead of the midweek Champions League trip to Galatasaray whether he would allow the criticism of supporters to wear him down as his side continues to struggle – but the Frenchman shrugged off any suggestion that he would affected:
“We are professional footballers and football people, we have to cope with that. I am a competitive person. What is important is the next game and responding in a strong way. It is part of our job. We cannot always look for excuses.”
Pundit Gary Lineker was amongst those to condemn the actions of the Arsenal supporters, who appeared to be waiting on the platform at Stoke station for the arrival of the squad and management so they could make their feelings clear following a dreadful display in the Potteries.
Striker Joel Campbell also featured in the video, with supporters imploring the Costa Rican international to “get out” of the Emirates Stadium whilst he can, before they turned their attentions upon Wenger.