Wenger raises ire of Arsenal fans


April 30, 2016
Sunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt, left, battles for the ball with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez during the English Premier League match Sunderland versus Arsenal at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, April. (AP Photo)

Arsene Wenger is on the defensive, trying to dampen the mutinous mood among some fans' groups.

Anger has mounted now the team have gone a dozen years without lifting the Premier League trophy.

"Some groups of people try to manipulate our fans," Wenger said ahead of today's game against Norwich. "And I believe apart from an agenda, a personal agenda, a big ego, there's not a lot behind it.

"This team has character and attitude. Some people question them. I know them well, and they have less character than this team have. I saw them play and I know them very closely, and they shouldn't question this team's character."

Top at the start of 2016 entering the second half of the season, Arsenal is fourth entering the final three games of the season. Now the priority is slipping any further and falling out of the Champions League places.

"When a club cannot enjoy anything anymore, it's in trouble," Wenger said. "In football you go down very quickly and come up very slowly. We have to stick together."

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