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Published: 10:02 | 29/4/16

Wenger wants fans to stick together

Manager slams planned protests

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is unhappy with fans that are planning to protest at the club's failings ahead of the weekend's clash with Norwich and has called on supporters to stick together.

The Gunners were tipped to win the Premier League this season but their challenge faltered after the turn of the year and they now face a battle to finish in the top four.

Some supporters have called for Wenger to step down and will stage a protest ahead of Saturday's game against Norwich at the Emirates, but the Frenchman believes they have to put things into perspective.

"Some people question this team’s character but they have character and attitude and some people who question them have less character than this team has," he said.

"You have to put things a little bit into perspective and see the evolution over the years and it was not always easy.

"They should not question this team. We have to stick together.

"We lost the championship at home against lower teams but we played at home in a very difficult climate. We are top of the league in the top teams, we want to add what is needed.

"It is very frustrating as we were in the position for long, long time to compete for the title but our disappointment has not to go too far."

Despite the calls to step down, Wenger has refused to be drawn on when he might bring his tenure to an end but he believes he is laying the groundwork for the club to prosper in the future.

"I wish when I go the club goes higher up and wins the Champions League and championship every year," Wenger told reporters.

"I will be the biggest supporter in the stand because I will feel I have contributed to that.

"You have to remember when we built the stadium we had five to seven difficult financial years. We had to be three years in the Champions League and have a 54,000 average attendance. We had to sell our best players and survive. And we didn’t do three years out of five we did five years out of five. During that time it was very competitive."

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