Arsenal have struggled over the past few weeks, falling to sixth in the Premier League table.

Performances have left fans frustrated, and there have been a number of significant protests recently. The most high profile involved two banner-flying planes over West Brom’s stadium in March.

Last month, the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust released polling showing that 78% of members want manager Arsene Wenger to leave the club.

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In recent years, the rest of the Premier League’s top teams have hired superstar managers in a bid to gain superiority in England and finally challenge in Europe. Chelsea’s Antonio Conte looks to be leading his side to a fifth Premier League title; Jose Mourinho is improving Manchester United by the game; Liverpool are a far better side under German Jurgen Klopp; and Pep Guardiola is likely to improve Manchester City.

Recent performances have done little to abate Arsenal fans’ frustrations with the current side.

But many fans remain supportive of Wenger, who joined the club in 1996 and has gone on to win nine major trophies, including a unique undefeated season.

On Monday 3rd April, the day after the home draw with City that left Arsenal seven points off the top four and in danger of not qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 1997, I interviewed several fans outside the Emirates Stadium. They expressed their concern that Arsenal were falling behind their rivals, that top players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would leave in the summer, and that Wenger should leave at the end of the season.

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