By Matt Farr
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has come out in support of under-fire Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger.
Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season, but fans have called for him to walk away from his role after another underwhelming campaign.
But Bilic, writing in his column for the Evening Standard, insisted that the ongoing scrutiny is unwarranted and over the top.
He wrote: “I would like to say something about Arsene Wenger and the criticism he has taken recently. Okay, it is part of the job and all that but at the end of the day, sometimes it is too much.
“It doesn’t matter if Arsene earns £1million or £5million – at the end of the day he is human. He is not doing his job now for the money.
“We can all get the sack, of course, and you can take fair criticism but some of it crosses the line and it can develop into a witch-hunt. Nobody deserves that, least of all Arsene.”
During his time at the club, Wenger has led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and six FA Cup crowns.
However, Wenger has not experienced a Premier League title win since their 2003-04 triumph, and has often seen his ambitions come unstuck well before the end of the season.
With Arsenal 10 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea in the title race this season, the Gunners’ hopes of ending their barren streak look to have been smashed once again.
Meanwhile, they also look set to crash out of the Champions League Round of 16 for the seventh successive season following their 5-1 first-leg defeat to Bayern Munich.
Understandably, Arsenal fans are in favour of a change in the leadership at the Emirates Stadium in the summer, but West Ham man Bilic does not think that it would be the right choice.
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