Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that the atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners faced West Brom in midweek was the worst in his tenure as the North London club’s boss.
An Alexis Sanchez double gave the hosts a 2-0 victory, but enthusiasm in the Gunners ranks has dipped in recent weeks after inconsistent results.
Arsenal had a glorious chance of winning the Premier League title for the first time since 2004 but have slipped out of contention and are now fighting to hold onto their top four place.
Wenger stated that he was “very disappointed” by the atmosphere at the ground against the Baggies and urged the club’s fans to get behind the team for the remaining games of the 2015-16 campaign.
“You want your fans to be enthusiastic, and we are not playing to avoid relegation,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.
“Ideally you want fans to be happy and I think they can be very proud of a lot at this club.
“We want them to be behind the team, to be proud of the club and the values and consistent achievement of the club.
“It is not enough, and we can understand that, but that doesn’t stop us from performing, the top level of sport is to master all situations.”
Arsenal have been the nearly-men of English football for a number of seasons, with inconsistency and a perceived lack of resolve robbing them of becoming domestic champions on a number of occasions.