Arsenal are considering naming the West Stand of their stadium the ‘Arsene Wenger Stand’, according to reports, but some fans think they should go even further.
Twitter user Darren posted the rumour on social media, and John Cross of the Mirror seemed to give his support to the gossip by briefly retweeting it onto his own timeline.
It would be a nice touch from the club, and a permanent way of ensuring Wenger’s legacy carries on as they move on without him. Arsenal fans pretty much all responded in the same way, by asking for the stadium to be renamed instead.
Should be the Arsene Wenger arena. It’s his creation !
— Blade_Maker (@BladeMaker18) May 1, 2018
— Ryan (@RyanMKiii) May 1, 2018
Name the frickin stadium after him lol
— Deen (@Dxeen) May 1, 2018
How are they even considering this. Name the entire stadium — Big Wengz Stadium.
— Arsène Cross♣ (@don_cross_AFC) May 1, 2018
His statue is the Emirates Stadium
— Toby (@CaptainMOzil) May 1, 2018
surely they should name the stadium after him??!
— Yatin Thakkar (@YatzT) May 1, 2018
He built the whole club with his bare hands. Rename Holloway as Wengerville.
— Chris (@chriswalshph) May 1, 2018
Not everyone was convinced though. Some thought the supporters on social media were going too far, and a stand was more than enough:
Maybe a stand but my god the replies to this!!! Our young modern fan base has no clue about our past n history it’s like to them arsenal started in 2006🤦🏼♂️
— Mitchell Evans (@Evans10Mitchell) May 1, 2018
Others weren’t so keen on the idea of naming anything after the boss:
Don’t make it happen . Too much emotion . He did Not build the Emirates, the fans did .
— Pan (@cyp1801pan) May 1, 2018
Id imagine the club are devastated with that news
— Arran (@ArranAFCSTL) May 1, 2018
After 22 years, a stadium move, double figures for trophies and a massive impact on almost everything the club does today, I think there definitely needs to be something to commemorate what Wenger has done.
Statues are nice, but I personally think the 68-year-old deserves something a bit bigger. Still, I think sponsorship agreements will get in the way of any plans to rename the stadium.
We’ll have to wait and see what the club decides.