Patrick Vieira has shown his support for Arsene Wenger following banner-gate at Hull.
The former Gunner has spoken about the incident at the KC Stadium in which some Arsenal fans chose to unfurl a banner which essentially said #WengerOut, just in a slightly more polite manner.
The New York City FC coach admitted that he was actually surprised and disappointed at the protest.
“Arsenal are going through a difficult period, but I was surprised and a bit disappointed (by the banner),” Vieira said to TalkSport 2.
“Fans can be frustrated, but they forget at times what Arsene has brought to the club.
“He deserves a bit more respect. Fans can boo and show their anger, but the way they did it with that banner showed a lack of respect. This is the way it is, this is football, but it shouldn’t be like that.
“Arsene will know when it is time for him to go. He knows what he is doing.
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“He loves the game, he works really hard, he’s a work addict. He watches every single game in every single league and has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve. People like it or don’t like it.
“He has done a fantastic, unbelievable job for Arsenal Football Club and, with that message after the Hull game, the fans went a little bit too far.”
It feels like getting told off by your parents. You know, when they tell you they’re not angry just disappointed and somehow that’s so much worse than them being mad?
The unfortunate thing about the banner is that it was unfurled after a 4-0 win so it just appeared amusing more than anything and the message was lost. Although I agree with Vieira that the concept of the banner itself is disrespectful, I do think the fans need to get their points across somehow. The ex-Gunner did also say he didn’t have a problem with booing which, although may seem childish to some, is one way for the fans to let the club hear what they’re thinking. However, even that still doesn’t seem to sit right with me.
How else do we get ourselves heard? I really don’t know.