Arsenal supporters should be embarrassed, according to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, for hounding out Arsene Wenger.
After mounting discontent among Arsenal fans, Wenger stepped down as manager in 2018.
The 72-year-old had been insistent that he wanted to finish his contract, which still had a year left on it, but rising pressure from Arsenal supporters forced him to go a season early.
By that time, a substantial number of Arsenal fans had begun to demonstrate outside the Emirates Stadium against Wenger’s tenure, while others had taken ‘Wenger out’ banners inside the stadium and displayed them during matches.
Ferguson, on the other hand, has chastised Arsenal supporters for their treatment of Wenger, who won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his stint at the club.
‘Yet he was chastised for keeping them in Europe every year. ‘The supporters should be ashamed,’ says the author. In the new film Arsene Wenger: Invincible, Ferguson says.
‘Arsene and I are dinosaurs, but we did really well.
‘I won 13 leagues, but I never came close to going undefeated in a season.’ It was Arsene’s feat that stands above all others.’
When asked about the unrest after announcing his leave in 2018, Wenger admitted that the large protests by Arsenal fans ‘hurt’ him.
‘I am not resentful of fans; I simply believe that if my personality gets in the way of what I believe our club is, it is more important to me,’ Wenger explained.
‘However, I feel this club is well-respected throughout the world, far more so than in England.’
‘Our fans did not project the image of unity that I want the club to project around the world — that was hurtful.’