'Disgusting and degrading' – John Lydon delivers Arsenal verdict on Wenger
By Matt Farr
Celebrity Arsenal fan John Lydon has called for Arsene Wenger to leave the club at the end of the season after branding his reign as an “empire of mediocrity”.
Wenger, 67, is out of contract at the end of the season, but could be set to remain in charge at the Emirates with a two-year extension already on the table.
However, after a miserable run of form that has left Arsenal in a perilous position in the race to finish in the Premier League’s top four, many fans have called for change.
Arsenal have lost six of their last nine matches in all competitions, with two of their three wins coming against non-league opposition.
Music legend Lydon, who is a Gunners fan, demanded on TalkSport that Wenger walk away from the club in the summer, stating that the Frenchman was “slowly but surely unravelling the club.”
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As quoted by TalkSport host Alan Brazil on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning, Lydon said:
“I’m afraid Mr Wenger has got to go. He is the only man in the world of soccer that seems incapable of observing his own mistakes and he repeats those mistakes year in, year out.
“It’s disgusting and degrading that it all seems to be about this new stadium, this empire of insane mediocrity. Arsenal was a community. It isn’t anymore.
“He’s slowly but surely unravelling this club and prospects look grim. We would rather Arsenal dropped a league and started right from the bottom and worked its way back up than put up with fourth.”
Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign at home to Manchester City on Sunday, where a defeat could see them fall to seventh in the table.
Wenger has consistently led the north London club to top four finishes in the Premier League and Champions League qualification, but he is at risk of falling considerably short this term.
Their domestic disaster has been amplified by their embarrassing 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, while they were also eliminated from the EFL Cup quarter finals by Southampton.
Arsenal have though, reached the final four of the FA Cup, but they must beat Manchester City, and then one of either Tottenham or Chelsea to lift only their third domestic title since the 2004-05 campaign.
In other Arsenal news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the club’s reported interest in goalkeeper Rui Patricio.