By Russell Edge
Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has said that fans of the club should show Arsene Wenger more respect as pressure continues to escalate on the manager.
The 67-year-old has been urged to leave the club by a section of the club’s fan base, following what they believe to be a disappointing couple of seasons and failure to compete for the major trophies.
Despite a bright start to the season Arsenal have suffered a severe drop in form, including a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and some feel it is time for Wenger to end his 20-year stint at the club.
Fans have demonstrated their frustrations through banners held up at games, whilst a plane flew over the Hawthorns during their 3-1 defeat to West Brom with the words “No contract #Wenger Out” trailing behind.
However, Iwobi, who was born in the same year that Wenger joined Arsenal, has come to the defence of the under-fire Frenchman following the fan protests.
“They need to have a bit more respect in my opinion,” the Nigerian told the Daily Mail of those panning Wenger. “Obviously they’re a bit impatient with the results and where they want to finish.
“We want to win the league like anyone else, I can guarantee we are trying our hardest.”
Iwobi emerged as a bright talent for the Gunners during the 2015/16 season and has gone on to make 36 appearances for the Gunners.
And he believes that Wenger is the right man to lead Arsenal forward insisting the players are doing what they can to improve results.
“Everyone is fighting for the manager – I can tell you that for a fact,” the 20-year-old said to the Daily Mail.
“He always backs our players and he is a great man to me. I’ll always back him, no matter what.
“We focus on trying to do our jobs on the pitch.
“Whatever happens, we are the players, we affect the result.”
He also added that the players were ignoring the banners being displayed at matches, and admitted he was in the dark over Wenger’s future.
“We don’t really look at the banners or what fans are screaming,” Iwobi told the Daily Mail.
“I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but for me personally, I’d like him to stay.
“For what he’s done for me, I’d like to say thank you, for bringing me into such a world class team, and I’m playing almost regularly.”
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