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Arsenal fans speak ahead of protest march against Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke

PUBLISHED: 13:53 03 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:58 03 February 2018

An image from a prevous protest march outside Highbury from March 2017. Credit @laythy29

An image from a prevous protest march outside Highbury from March 2017. Credit @laythy29

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A protest march has been arranged on Saturday afternoon before Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates.

Despite the club reaching the Carabao Cup Final later this month a large number of supporters have grown increasingly unhappy with the leadership of the long-serving manager of the North London giants, Arsene Wenger.

Fans are also unhappy with the owner of the club, Stan Kroenke and are marching to show that they want the American and Wenger to leave the club.

Lifelong Arsenal fan from Islington Glenn Allen, a season ticket holder at the club for more than 30 years, plans to join the protestors outside Highbury’s Marble Halls on Avenell Road.

He said: “Since I attended the previous march the club seem to have mired themselves in an even bigger mess than previously.

“The board, the manager and the team have clearly lost direction.

“While some people may find the recent transcfer activity as encouraging for me it encapsualtes the haphazzard and scattergun approach the club has adopted in an increasingly reactive manner by a team that is being taken further backwards by a manager who has lost all control and purpose.

“The majority of fans now surely realise it is time for a change.”

Despite the new arrivals and three FA Cup wins in four years, a large number of fans have been left disenchanted by the failed promises by the club to make the challenge for the Premier League title and become a force in Europe. Many feel they have been sold a ‘lie’ since moving from their beloved Highbury and feel that club is simply not making progress despite the large amounts of money it has in reserve.

They feel that unless Wenger leaves the club will continue to tread water or even regress under his leadership, certainly from the glory days of the Invincibles, and feel it is time for change at managerial and board level.

One of the largest supporter groups Black Scarf spoke to the Islington Gazette saying: “The fanbase is absolutely filled with apathy. The passion has been drained from the majority, boredom has set in and despite all the noise being made, it’s evident that the board and senior management on the club either have their fingers in their ears to what the fans want.

“We’ve spent big on players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – but despite the recent signings I can’t see anything changing for the better.

“We’ll still see abject performances on the pitch as the manager has lost touch with modern football and can’t motivate his team.”

The march is set to start at 3.45pm outside the Marble Halls on Avenell Road.

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