Removing Wenger won't end problems for Arsenal: Ex-defender Clichy
- Author: Darren Santiago Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 2:08
After the two clubs reached a tie, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero nearly scored again, at which point Wenger was not having it anymore. Manchester City remain fourth, 11 points behind leaders Chelsea, who host them on Wednesday in a match that if they lose will end their faint title hopes.
Clichy also said that protests aimed at Wenger's removal are part and parcel of the game, even if he does not agree with them.
"We've been going down in a lot of games but we did well to come back and I think that shows how strong we are". "Mathematically a draw is not the best solution for both teams but it is a point which will help us", he said.
The upcoming summer transfer window is set to be of monumental importance to Arsenal with the doubt surrounding Arsene Wenger's future, as well as reports that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil's contract talks have stalled.
"In very hard moments our fans, at 1-0 down and 2-1 down, could have turned against us but I think they were absolutely sensational to get us through those hard moments".
Wenger has never finished lower than fourth in any of his full seasons as manager since being appointed in October 1996, but that record is under imminent threat, with the Gunners now sixth and seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
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"The board is responsible for the decision which engages the future and I focus on the short-term". We dropped two and we've got to improve for next time.
Arsenal had to do without Laurent Koscielny in the second half after the defender suffered an injury to his Achilles and was replaced by Gabriel.
Before that 2-2 draw with City, fans protested outside the stadium, displaying banners, handing out leaflets and parking a van outside Arsenal underground station carrying anti-Wenger quotes.
Guardiola had said last week that "qualifying for the Champions League is definitely like winning a trophy".
"It's not for me to say if it's in the right hands or not but I do believe what he has done in the past is incredible". "I love this club", he said.
Wenger admitted he'd seen the signs on his way into training but mocked the supporters for wasting their time in such a futile exercise. I think what is important in football is what happens inside the pitch and inside the stadium. "We still have everything left to play for".