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Wenger: 99.9% of fans show me 'full respect'

Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was grateful for the support from the stands during the Gunners' 4-1 win against Newcastle but said he understood why some fans were upset by the recent Stoke defeat.

The Frenchman said: "I'm thankful for that [chants in support of Wenger], but what you want is our fans to be happy because you win football games.

"My job is to win football games and when we don't do it I can understand why they aren't happy."

He added: "I've worked 18 years in this country and I'm grateful for that... 99.9 per cent (of the time) it is people with full respect, even when they're not happy. I can take the 0.1 per cent."


Arsenal recall Coquelin

Arsenal will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey due to a hamstring problem for Saturday's Premier League game against Newcastle, so have recalled Francis Coquelin from his loan spell at Charlton.

Defenders Laurent Koscielny (calf), Nacho Monreal (ankle) and Calum Chambers (suspended) are all unavailable, so right-back Mathieu Debuchy could be asked to move over to centre-half.

Otherwise Arsenal report no fresh injury problems from the midweek Champions Legaue win over Galatasaray in Istanbul, but manager Arsene Wenger on Friday moved to recall defensive midfielder Coquelin early from his loan spell at The Valley as cover.

Captain Mikel Arteta (calf), Theo Walcott (groin), Mesut Ozil (knee), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh), Abou Diaby (calf) and Jack Wilshere all continue their rehabilitation.

Provisional squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Flamini, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud, Martinez, Podolski, Campbell, Coquelin, O'Connor, Maitland-Niles, Ajayi, Akpom.


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