Alex Iwobi has launched a staunch defence of Arsene Wenger, telling ‘impatient’ Arsenal fans to show the manager more respect.
The young forward also revealed that the players ignore their critics in the stands.
An awful run of recent results has seen the players criticised and Wenger come under increasing pressure. With the Frenchman’s contract up in the summer some have taken the opportunity to make their feelings clear.
‘Wenger out’ banners have appeared with increasing regularity in the stands and a few hundred fans recently marched prior to a match to demand he leaves.
Iwobi has not been impressed with what he’s seen.
‘They need to have a bit more respect in my opinion,’ he told the Daily Mail after Nigeria’s match with Senegal on Thursday evening.
‘I mean, he’s been at the club for 20 years, he’s achieved a lot, obviously they’re a bit impatient with the results and where they want to finish.
‘We also want to finish there, we want to win the league like anyone else. I can guarantee we are trying our hardest.
‘Whatever happens we are the players, we affect the result. We don’t really look at the banners or what fans are screaming, we focus on trying to do our jobs on the pitch.’
Wenger recently revealed that he’s made his mind up on whether he will sign a new contract, however he is yet to inform the media. He also hasn’t informed the players according to Iwobi.
‘Honestly, I’m waiting as much as you guys are. I don’t know exactly what’s going on. But me, personally, I’d like him to stay.
‘No matter who is in the job, or who gets the role, we’re always going to fight for the manager, every player always gives 100 per cent, no matter what, we’ll just play.
‘He always backs our players and he is a great man. He’s been great to me as well, I’ll always back him, no matter what.
‘For what he’s done for me, I’d like to say thank you, for bringing me in to such a world class team, and I’m playing almost regularly.’