Arsene Wenger will NOT be sacked insist Arsenal but club chief Gazidis is set to face fans' fury at Emirates event
12:17 GMT, 12 December 2012
13:24 GMT, 12 December 2012
Arsenal are throwing their unequivocal backing behind underfire manager Arsene Wenger.
An increasing number of Gunners supporters are calling for the French manager's head after a difficult start to the season and club chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience tonight at the Emirates Stadium when he hosts a drinks reception for the Arsenal Supporters Trust.
The pressure on Wenger intensified last night as Arsenal were dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two side Bradford.
Stand by your man: Arsene Wenger watches his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford last night, but the manager will continue to enjoy unwavering support
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But the 63-year-old is under no danger of losing his job despite their recent slump.
The Gunners board remain 100 per cent behind Wenger, who is continuing with his plans to bolster the squad in next month's transfer window.
Wenger has an excellent relationship with the club's hierarchy, who are in no doubt the Frenchman remains the right man to lead Arsenal.
The board's unwavering support of Wenger will anger a growing band of supporters who feel it is now time for a change.
A right old coating: Wenger watches his side slump at Bradford's Coral Windows Stadium last night's cup
Hat-trick: A Bradford fan celebrates last night (left) but Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience at a supporters' event at the Emirates Stadium tonight
Arsenal will complete an eight-year trophy drought if they fail to win any silverware this season, a statistic deemed not good enough by some fans.
Nevertheless, Wenger's position remains one of the safest in European football despite the club's problems.
WENGER MUST GO… THIS ARSENAL FAN HAS DECIDED ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
By the time this piece is written, I'll need a bath. No, something more, a cleansing of the soul, perhaps. Forgive me Arsene, for I have sinned.
Here goes… Wenger out.
Defeat to Bradford, a team ranked more than 60 places lower than Arsenal, was humiliating for a club of this stature.
Forget their current form, injuries or any other extenuating circumstances, it was a shameful night for all involved.
The League Cup quarter-final result will go down in history, the lead in those 'It's happened before' newspaper items many years from now.
'Valley of despair', one headline screamed. Valley of the damned, I'd prefer. It was the final straw.
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