Wenger: Arsenal fans took top four for granted

A poor run of form means Arsenal have dropped out of the top four and are now sixth in the Premier League table behind Manchester United in fifth.

ARSENE WENGER has reminded Arsenal fans to be grateful they are fighting for a top-four spot and not battling relegation.

Without a league title since 2003-04 and that drought seemingly set to extend into another season with Arsenal sixth and 18 points off the pace this term, there is a feeling that Wenger's time could be up after 21 years.

"I would say for many years he had not always an adjusted finishing quality, but he's improved a lot on his finishing and that's why he scores more goals".

Arsène Wenger said he was pleased that Pep Guardiola had come to realize that fourth place was akin to a trophy in England, as he insisted it was "perfectly possible" for Arsenal to qualify once again for the Champions League.

More demonstrations against Wenger's reign are expected when Arsenal host West Ham on Wednesday, while this week a small group were present at the club's training base with messages calling for his dismissal.

"I am professional and when you are professional, you perform in ideal conditions and non-ideal conditions as well", Wenger concluded. I think now is the time to sit back and take stock because he's done a wonderful job. "I think they were absolutely sensational and helped the team to get through those hard moments".

Against a background of fan discontent over the form of Arsene Wenger's side, as he decides his future, Arsenal was nervy from the start. "I will have 24 hours to think about that". If we show the same spirit we showed against City, we will win football games. "Apart from that, Carroll's strengths are that he protects the ball well, he's good in the air, he's very forceful with his commitment as well, so we will need to be good to stop the crosses".

If this ridiculous story doesn't sum up Arsenal's current predicament under Wenger, we don't know what does.

"It's not about majority or minority".

As noted by Sky Sports' Bryan Swanson, after Laurent Koscielny was substituted at half-time, no player emerged for the second period with the armband. You just want our fans to stand behind the team and the club, and that's what they did.

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