Former Tottenham and Liverpool ace Jamie Redknapp believes that Arsenal fans won’t mind missing out on Champions League football if it resulted in Arsene Wenger getting the sack.
The Gunners faced West Bromwich Albion on Thursday knowing that a result was needed to keep their top four position intact, with the likes of Manchester United and West Ham United breathing down their necks.
Wenger’s men made light work of the task, with star midfielder Alexis Sanchez grabbing a brace in a 2-0 victory.
However, the game was marred by sections of the Arsenal supporters staging a boycott, leaving big chunks of the Emirates Stadium empty.
And Redknapp, who is now a pundit for Sky Sports, revealed that the win over West Brom only papered over the cracks, and that fans would now rather have the club finish outside the top four than see Wenger continue as manager.
“It’s a big result, but it papers over the cracks,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports (via the Mirror)
“Arsenal shouldn’t be in a position where they are scrambling to get into the top four. It’s not good enough. The fans won’t be happy.
“They will be thinking, ‘if we get in the top four it’s going to be the same old story’. If they don’t get in the top four it could force change. That is what some fans would rather see.
“Do I think it’s right? Probably not. I’ve always been a Wenger fan but you always see the same problems year in, year out. Seeing Tottenham and Leicester above them won’t wash with a lot of fans.”
Arsenal travel to face relegation-threatened Sunderland in their next Premier League fixture on Sunday.