Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has told Arsenal fans to have “more respect” for Arsene Wenger, amid the the speculation of the manager’s future after an awful run of recent results.
The Frenchmans contract is up in the summer having previously agreed terms on a two-year extension to his 21-year tenure in north London, but he has yet to decide on his future and keeping players and fans in the dark.
As some Arsenal supporters have taken to brandishing ‘Wenger out’ banners, Iwobi, who made 36 league appearances over the last 2 seasons, insists they need to fully appreciate Wenger’s record with the Gunners instead of trying to hound him out of the club.
‘They need to have a bit more respect in my opinion,’ Iwobi told Sportsmail after Nigeria’s friendly draw with Senegal on Thursday night.
‘I mean, he’s been at the club for 20 years, he’s achieved a lot, obviously they’re a bit impatient with the results and where they want to finish.
‘We also want to finish there, we want to win the league like anyone else, I can guarantee we are trying our hardest.
‘Whatever happens we are the players, we affect the result. We don’t really look at the banners or what fans are screaming, we focus on trying to do our jobs on the pitch.’
There has been a gradual decline of form with the team with six defeats in their last nine matches which has meant they have slipped from the top four in the Premier League and crashed out the Champions League at the last-16 stage, after losing 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile France forward Laurent Koscielny urged teammates to take the pressure off the Arsenal boss by taking responsibility for their recent poor form.
Arsenal next face Manchester City at home on 2nd April, after the international break.