Live updates

Arsenal protest falls flat

Arsenal fans mostly showed their support for Arsene Wenger and their team. Credit: PA

A fans' protest calling for change at Arsenal fell flat as dissenters at the Emirates Stadium were drowned out by support for Arsene Wenger.

Posters reading 'Time For Change' and 'Arsenal is stale - fresh approach needed' were held up during the Gunners' 1-0 victory over struggling Norwich on Saturday.

A small minority of disgruntled fans, probably numbering in the low hundreds, displayed the signs in the 12th minute of the match, signifying 12 years since the team last won the Premier League title.

The overall reaction to the protest, however, was mixed, as first a chorus of boos and then a resounding chant of "there's only one Arsene Wenger" rang around the ground.

One supporter loyal to the under-fire Frenchman held up a placard that read 'Proud of Arsene, ashamed of "fans"'.

Parlour: Arsenal boss Wenger will stay next year

Parlour thinks Wenger will stay. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Arsene Wenger will still be in charge next season - but it could be his last.

The Gunners boss is once again facing calls to quit from a growing section of fans following another failure to mount a title challenge.

Parlour, who played under Wenger the last time Arsenal won the title in 2004, says the board should have a decision to make over his future this summer.

However, he feels the Frenchman will be able to leave on his own terms once his current contract runs out due to his past achievements and the lack of viable alternatives.

"I don't think he'll leave, I think he'll be there next season," said Parlour, who was speaking on behalf of Vauxhall, the England team sponsor.

"It's a situation where Wenger will decide when he leaves, and he's been there so long he probably deserves that.

"But it might be his last season next year, at the end of his contract. At the moment it's going to be difficult for the board to get rid of Arsene.

"You always worry about which manager comes in next. Who would you have? Jurgen Klopp's gone to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Man City. There isn't a huge amount of managers out there.

"It's a big decision they've got to make. If you're going to sack a manager you've got to have a plan. And if they don't have a plan then they've got to keep him."

Advertisement

Wenger admits Arsenal face fight to make top four

Arsenal could only draw at home to Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger is concerned for Arsenal's Champions League qualification hopes after another frustrating afternoon for the Gunners.

Arsenal's bid for a 20th consecutive top-four finish remains in the balance after Yannick Bolasie's late strike cancelled out Alexis Sanchez's first-half opener to earn Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Fifth-placed Manchester United are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with West Ham also lurking, leaving the Gunners' hopes of an 18th successive season in the Champions League under threat.

"Honestly, after the game (against Palace) I'm not in that kind of mood to dream about the championship," Wenger said.

"I am more in the kind of mood to repair the mental damage and prepare for the next game (on Thursday against West Brom).

"It's much more about that and to look behind us, because everybody is playing well and winning games.

"For us it could be a fight until the end to get the place in the top four.

"If we can do more, we will do more, but let's not dream and focus on the next game."

Wenger: Brexit would pose questions for Premier League

Arsene Wenger has concerns over what a Brexit would mean for British football Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Football manager Arsene Wenger has warned that if Britain votes in favour of leaving the EU it could raise serious questions for the Premier League.

The Arsenal boss told the Guardian he felt a Brexit would lead to uncertainty over which players would need permits in future.

He said: "It raises many questions. Will the European players be considered as they are now? For example, if England votes for Brexit, will the French be considered like South American players [who require work permits]?

"That would completely re-question the influx of foreign players."

Wenger's comments came as the EU referendum campaign officially began on Friday.

Advertisement

Wenger admits he may have been sacked if Arsenal had lost in 2014 FA Cup Final

Arsene Wenger has revealed he may have ended his Arsenal tenure had his side failed to beat Hull in the 2014 FA Cup final.

Wenger's side had a long wait for a trophy. Credit: PA

Arsenal, who host Steve Bruce's side in the fifth round of this season's tournament on Saturday, ended their nine-year trophy drought with a 3-2 victory against Hull.

The north London club were overwhelming favourites to win the showpiece at Wembley but found themselves two goals down inside eight minutes.

Santi Cazorla pulled one back for Arsenal before half-time before Laurent Koscienly took the game to extra time where Aaron Ramsey scored the winner.

"I don't know, honestly, I don't know," said Wenger when asked if he would have lost his job if Arsenal had failed to win.

"It was up in the air and we had to give everything to win that final. If we had lost it I don't know.

"It would have been a problem if we had not won. It would have been a massive disappointment for everyone, but we won."

Wenger, who signed a new three-year extension 13 days after the victory, added: "Usually I respect my contracts and I fight for everything. I think as well to say to you that if 17 years at a club depend on one Cup final, it is better you don't go to the final."

Load more updates