Arsene Wenger attacks quiet Arsenal fans for making Emirates new library
Published 00:00 24/10/08 By By John Cross
Arsene Wenger last night launched an amazing attack on Arsenal's quiet fans.
The Gunners boss rebuked supporters at the club's annual meeting after facing a string of questions as to why Arsenal had not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005.
It is the first time Wenger has criticised the club's fans in 12 years in charge and is one of the most surprising outbursts since Roy Keane's infamous attack on Manchester United's "prawn sandwich brigade" of corporate fans.
Wenger told the meeting: "You are all very quiet, a little bit like the game on Saturday. It is a recession mood, but it will not last - do not worry.
"This team needs a strong guide to go through difficult periods, because at the moment I do not feel from our fans that this team gets the support it deserves.
"That is why I think they need a stronger guide than ever and I want to get this team to deliver, not next year, but this year."
The Arsenal Supporters' Trust agreed and said in a statement "it shares Wenger's view that the match-day atmosphere at the Emirates sometimes needs galvanising".
Arsenal's previous stadium was nicknamed "Highbury the Library" while the Emirates has attracted a lot of corporate fans in its executive boxes.
One shareholder was applauded when he questioned Wenger's lack of big-money buys in the transfer market.
That clearly riled Wenger, who hit back, saying: "Yes, we haven't won a championship for four years but this club went 25 years without winning a title and there are massive clubs who haven't won the championship for 30 years."
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