Wenger accuses media of trying to “brainwash” fans against him

Very few managers have found themselves under as much pressure from their fans as what Arsene Wenger has over the past couple of months.

Many Arsenal fans had expected The Gunners to have signed some big names during the summer but a lack of action has left many feeling frustrated at their lack of action.

A loss on the opening day didn’t help matters either but after two impressive wins away from home, Arsene Wenger has hit back at the critics who had doubted the team over the summer.

The Frenchman has been particularly critical over the media and even accused them of trying to turn fans against senior officials at the club.

In comments made after the club’s 3-1 win at Fulham on Saturday, The Gunners boss disregarded some of the abuse that had been hurled his way stating: “The media in general has brainwashed a little bit the Emirates. Maybe rightly so, I don’t know, because we haven’t won trophies for years everything is negative. But we have to live with that and focus on playing well football.”

“People always want news. We live in a world which is very interesting but very excessive. When people are not loyal, you are critical. When people are loyal, you say they have been there too long. It’s always excessive reaction. The people in charge need to keep their distance from that more than ever,” he added.

Wenger’s comments come as Arsenal had yet another transfer bid rejected for an established club after Newcastle dismissed a £12m bid for French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

This occurred just weeks after several big names such as Luis Gustavo and Gonzalo Higuain moved to other clubs because of Arsenal’s stubborn negotiation tactics with their parent clubs.

The club themselves have made it no secret that they need to sign some players to help improve the depth of the first-team which is already struggling to cope with injuries.

So far this season, Bacary Sagna has had to deputise as a centre-back twice this season after several injuries left Per Mertesacker as the only fit centre-half.

Alongside that, several youth players such as Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem have also earned spots on the bench such is the shortage of fit players for Arsenal.

Whilst their recent form has allowed Wenger to dispel some of the criticism for the moment, The Gunners boss will need to act soon to avoid losing the fans completely later in the season when they will be needed the most.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of SqueakyBumTime.com. A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!