Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels he is still the right man for the job, despite a 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Sunday marking the club’s worst run in 16 years.
The Seagulls raced into a 2-0 lead at the Amex Stadium thanks to goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray inside the opening half- hour, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back just before half-time.
Wenger’s side committed far too many errors once again as they slumped to a fourth straight defeat in the Premier League to all but end their hopes of finishing in the top four.
The FA Cup holders had been knocked out at the first hurdle by Nottingham Forest earlier this year and they suffered a crushing loss to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final last weekend.
The travelling fans voiced their dissent at management during and after the match having seen their team lose for the eighth time in 13 games across all competitions, but Wenger believes he can steady the ship.
“It’s the first time it happens in my whole career, I must say,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports after Albion recorded their first win over the north Londoners in 36 years.
“It’s not easy, but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments.
“We have to stick together and focus. We have no other solution.”
Asked if he thought the time had come to step aside, Wenger replied: “You focus on your job. These are always the questions you get when you are in the situation we are in.
“You do your job and you do the right thing and the things you think are right for the team and that’s it.”
Fans and pundits were unanimous in their verdict afterwards.
Pep Guardiola just roared with unrestrained joy at City’s fans, then hugged every one of his players, subs & support team.
His passion, enthusiasm, desire & intensity rages from every pore. What a manager, what a side.
They’re everything Wenger’s Arsenal used to be. pic.twitter.com/q6kaOx3zbp
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 4, 2018
Wenger quote tonight on the players-
"When you have just the trousers on it’s easy to take them trousers off as well. When you’re naked completely you have to find a shirt and try to put it on again and then you’re dressed normally again."
We are a laughing stock.
PLEASE GO ??
— Jake Wood (@mrjakedwood) March 4, 2018
I honestly believe half of the players want Wenger to leave or be sacked, I said two years ago he lost the dressing room, now more players are voicing their concerns and the only person who cannot see a problem is Wenger, he simply won’t walk away so he has to be sacked!
— MR DT © (@MrDtAFC) March 4, 2018
If I were Arsene Wenger, I might consider firing Arsene Wenger.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 4, 2018
Not everyone agreed, though.
Any Arsenal fan calling Arsene Wenger deluded needs to look at themselves. He protects his players always. Arsenal going through a bad patch means everyone should come together and support, not disassociate yourself with the club. #afc ?
— J Nicholas (@EmbyMby) March 4, 2018
I will never forget the way some Arsenal 'fans' have treated Arsene Wenger. Ashamed.
— 'Arsenal Guvnor' (@ArsenalGuvnor) March 4, 2018
Are you Wenger in or Wenger out?