Wojciech Szczęsny believes the ostensible distant goal of finishing in the top four on the Premiership table at the end of the season for Arsenal is not a mirage yet, neither does he buy into the hysteria about letting Arsene Wenger go.
Popular opinion among disgruntled Gooners is that Wenger needs to go. This is not surprising, though, since popular opinion rarely is moderate. It's almost always one spectrum of the pendulum or the other.
A litany of Wenger's failures litters many fan sites. Woe betides any Gooner who dares to say anything to the contrary. Not Wojciech Szczęsny; he's not afraid to draw the fans' ire by supporting Wenger. This is what he says:
I don’t think his position at this club should ever be questioned. He’s done a magnificent job over the 15 years and he’s still doing it now.
No-one will ever forget what he has done for the club. I think he’s still doing a fantastic job and that’s not a question, really - his position at this club.
The players have been here before and we’ve reacted very well. I think we’ll do the same thing again and make sure that this club goes in the right direction and we finish the season where we should, really.
Szczęsny still believes a top-four finish for Arsenal is still possible.
I think this club should be in the Champions League, year in, year out, he says.
Hopefully, we can deal with all the pressure that’s around us at the moment and live up to the expectations because these fans and this club deserve better results than it is has got in the last few weeks.
I’m confident we will pick ourselves up, we’ll win games and we’ll get our position in the Champions League. So I’m not worried. I’m disappointed, obviously, but I’m still confident we can do it.
The fans "deserving something better" allows Szczęsny to understand their reaction after Arsenal's last game against Manchester United, which ended in a 2-1 defeat.
"Fans have their opinion and they’re entitled to [boo]. They’re entitled to their opinion and they show it in the way they do. That’s fine with me."
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