Oxlade-Chamberlain tells Arsenal fans to lay off Wenger
The Arsenal midfielder says that the players must share the responsibility for the Gunners' poor start
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has leapt to the defence of Arsene Wenger following the recent criticism of the Arsenal boss.
The Frenchman has been targeted by unhappy Gunners fans this season following the north London side’s inconsistent start to the campaign.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that he and his Arsenal team-mates must shoulder a significant portion of blame for the north London club’s stuttering form.
“It’s a hard one for me to say what I would say to the fans,” Oxlade-Chamberlain is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
“I understand their frustration. I would definitely say that and they are completely entitled to their own opinion.
“They pay good money to follow us around and support their club. I am sure they have supported us for a number of years so they are definitely entitled to their opinion and I can understand their frustration. But I wouldn’t put that on the manager.
“We have to stand up ourselves as players. On that day [at Stoke], it wasn’t the manager’s fault we went 3-0 down like we did in the first half. It was us as a group of players – we were not at the required level.
“On that day, it would have been harsh for a fan to completely blame our manager. As players, we are adults and we need to stand up and take some of that blame ourselves.”
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