Jeremy Corbyn has hit out against fans who are Wenger Out, following the announcement manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year-deal at the club.

  • The Labour Leader is a die-hard Arsenal supporter
  • He recounts meeting him back in the 90s

The Labour Leader is one of Wenger’s staunchest supporters and has little time for moaners at the Emirates Stadium.

“I get really fed up with these people – Arsenal concede a corner in the first five minutes of a game, and somebody says ‘Wenger Out!’” he said, reported in the Evening Standard.

“Hang on a minute. It’s a corner, it’s five minutes into the game, get over it!”

Corbyn is a passionate Arsenal supporter and even has the Emirates Stadium in his constituency. He was at Wembley to see the club lift its 13th FA Cup.

Wenger had endured a difficult season and was rapidly losing support before the FA Cup final. Even after winning the FA Cup, a good number of fans still wanted him to go.

Not Corbyn, though. His fondness of Wenger stretches back to when he first arrived at the club from Nagoya Grampus in 1996.

He recalls a story where he and his children met Wenger on the street not long after he had signed.

“A few months later, me and my boys and some other kids, I’d taken them to the park and we’re going home.”

“We’re driving along Highbury Hill and Arsene Wenger is walking to the stadium carrying a box, and so we stopped.”

“He put the box down and he just chatted to them about football. This is a man who is human.”

In the middle of the complaining and abuse, it can be forgotten Wenger is human as well. There were times this season where the manager felt a line had been crossed.

With him set to stay another two years, one hopes that line isn’t crossed again, otherwise things could really get ugly.

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