ISTANBUL (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has vowed to field a strong team against Galatasaray on Tuesday as the under-fire Arsenal manager bids to silence the critics by snatching top spot in Champions League Group D.
Wenger’s side have already qualified for the knockout stages of Europe’s elite club competition, but they would prefer to finish the group stage in first place to avoid a potentially tricky last 16 clash.
Even more importantly, Wenger desperately needs some good news after a chastening trip to Stoke on Saturday ended with the Gunners boss looking a beleaguered figure as he was abused by angry Arsenal fans while waiting to board the club’s train home after their dismal 3-2 defeat.
An online video shows the Frenchman being subjected to foul-mouthed taunts from fans who were clearly unhappy with their team’s latest capitulation in a frustrating domestic campaign which sees them languishing 13 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
A section of Arsenal’s fans unveiled a banner asking Wenger to quit after the recent 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion and on Saturday he was told to “f**k off and leave” by some fans as he tried to get on the train back to London.