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Published: 19:46 | 30/4/16

Wenger still focused despite protests

Arsenal supporters unhappy with their veteran manager

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he "wants to make the fans happy" and shares their frustration with a disappointing Premier League campaign.

Substitute Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Norwich City 1-0 in Wenger's 750th Premier League game in charge, but the match played out amid virtual civil war at the Emirates Stadium, with some supporters holding up banners calling for a change at the top while others noisily backed their veteran manager.

Wenger, 66, who has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, says the supporters have every right to protest following a disappointing season, but insists he will not walk out on the club.

"You want to make the fans happy," he told BBC's Match of the Day programme.

"I'm sorry if I don't achieve it. I'm irritated and frustrated if I cannot keep people happy.

"I have respect for the club and gave so much for the club - I want to make people happy."

The victory moves Arsenal ahead of Manchester City into third place in the Premier League table, although Manuel Pellegrini's side face Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday, and the Gunners are now eight points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United and West Ham in sixth.

Arsenal look favourites to qualify for the Champions League for a 19th consecutive season because the Hammers and United meet each other in their game in hand at Upton Park on 10 May.

"Our job is to do the best," Wenger continued.

"This season we hoped we could win the league - it didn’t happen and that's why people are frustrated. I can share that frustration.

"The aim is to come back and do what is needed to do it next year. The last three years the club has moved forward."

Goalscorer Welbeck acknowledges that the supporters are unhappy with the manager and players, following Arsenal's underwhelming title challenge this season.

"Everyone is very disappointed," he told Sky Sports.

"It was a great opportunity for us to go for the title this season and it is difficult to handle the way it is ending. We know as a club that we should be doing better than this.

"We want to finish above Spurs but they want to finish above us. We will see what happens."

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