Why Arsenal fans should bite their tongues if they lose to Spurs on Sunday

Arsene Wenger will be in the spotlight like never before in the north London derby.

But Arsenal fans should be careful of what they wish for. One of the reasons that Arsenal fans are angry, restless and annoyed is that Arsenal are behind their neighbours. For the first time in the 16 years of Wenger's reign at Arsenal.

Tottenham flirted with fourth place in 2006 but blew up on the final day after lasagne-gate.

This time not even a dodgy portion of pasta may be enough. But just think about that again: one in 16.

Harry Redknapp is having a great season with Spurs but it's still one in 16.

Wenger had a nightmare last summer. He knew Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were leaving and yet left it until the last minute to make contingency plans. Even then he ended up staging his own version of Supermarket Sweep.

Wenger also failed to spend big to appease the fans who are spending big on tickets but not getting big names. It's not fair.

But you'd have to be a fool not to learn lessons from that experience.

Wenger is no fool so he deserves the chance to change, make changes this summer and lead the club forward again next year.

Arsenal will not sack him. Never in a million years. After all, he's done a great job. The only way he'll go is if he walks.

And if that comes from being bullied and chased out by angry impatient fans then they should be ashamed.

The club's greatest ever manager should be afforded an exit with dignity not being chased out the back door.

So if things don't go well at the Emirates on Sunday, Arsenal fans should remember that without Wenger they would not even be playing in that stadium.

He's a revolutionary who deserves respect, support and backing.

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