By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal fans unfurled a banner demanding Arsene Wenger quit as manager – on the night they thrashed Hull 4-0 in the FA Cup to keep alive hopes of a third consecutive triumph in the competition.
A group of travelling supporters held aloft the message, which read, ‘Arsene; thanks for the memories, it’s time to say goodbye’.
This provoked a furious response from club legend Ian Wright, who was at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night working as a pundit for BT Sport.
Wenger’s team brushed aside Hull with a comprehensive win, with doubles apiece from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott setting up a quarter-final clash against Watford on Sunday.
Prior to their cup victory the Gunners had endured a poor run of results, drawing with Hull 0-0 at Emirates Stadium and losing to Barcelona, Manchester United and Swansea in consecutive games before last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham.
Wenger’s team are eight points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City with nine games of the season remaining, and also remain in both the FA Cup and the Champions League.
Speaking after the match, Ian Wright expressed his frustration at seeing the message from the Gunners fans, which was also unfurled during the Gunners’ 1-0 win at West Brom last season.
— The42.ie (@The42_ie) March 8, 2016
Wright told BT Sport: “It’s very disappointing. If I was a player and went over and saw that… yeah we’ve had a couple of bad results against Man Utd and Swansea but it’s not over by any stretch of the imagination in the league.
“With a bit more confidence the boys will get going again. Really disappointing to see that. I can understand the frustration in a season where we’re looking at Leicester top of the league, Chelsea not winning, Man City getting themselves going again.
.@DeejayDt I’ll disrespect you all day long unfurling your muggy banner after a 4-0 win and plenty enough games left in the league. ??
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) March 8, 2016
“Of course they want to win it. If it was that easy they would do it. The fact is Wenger’s doing the best he can.
“Sometimes they have to look at the players and the way the players have performed. They can’t keep caning the manager like that. To see that sign is just annoying.”
Fellow pundit Phil Brown added: “That’s sad, that [the banner]. Twenty years of fantastic service this fella’s given Arsenal football club.
“He’s turned it from what it was to what it is. It was a great football club then, it’s a fabulous football club now. Arsene’s done brilliantly for the club.”
In other Arsenal news, Wenger is counting the cost of the triple injury blow suffered by the team at Hull.