Wenger also thanked supporters for singing his name.
Relations between manager and supporters at Arsenal seem to be improving, with Arsene Wenger thanking the club’s faithful for chanting his name during this evening’s convincing Premier League victory over Newcastle United according to the Star.
Things had seemed to have hit a new low last weekend when Wenger was booed by his own supporters when boarding a train in Stoke-on-Trent following the Gunners’ miserable defeat at the hands of Stoke City, but a thumping win at Galatasaray in the week lifted the mood and a second successive 4-1 victory will have done Wenger’s standing amongst the supporters no harm at all.
Once quickfire goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud in the second half had put Arsenal 3-0 up and allowed them to take full control of the game, strains of “one Arsene Wenger” could be heard reverberating around the stadium and Wenger thanked supporters for this, although once again insisted that those slamming him last week represnted a tiny minority:
“But 99.9% it is people with full respect even when they’re not happy. I can take the 0.1% of criticism. Yes, of course, I’m thankful for the fans singing my name at the end of the match, but what you want is for our fans to be happy because we win football games.”
The Gunners now face Liverpool in the Premier League next weekend in a game between two clubs who have not lived up to expectations during this campaign – and in a game that could have a huge bearing on the season-long race for a place in the top four.