Ivan Gazidis urges Arsenal fans to united behind Arsene Wenger


Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis today urged the club's fans to lay off Arsene Wenger and roar the team on to Champions League qualification.

Manager Wenger's stock with the Gunners faithful has sunk to an all-time low this season amid what is set to be a seventh successive campaign without silverware.

Arsenal also face a real battle to maintain their remarkable record of finishing inside the Barclays Premier League top four every season since he took charge.

Yesterday's thrilling north London derby victory over Tottenham kept the wolf from the door following the club's Champions League humiliation at AC Milan and FA Cup exit at Sunderland.

Gazidis told Arsenal Player: "We hear the noise, we understand the concern of the fans, we know that there are issues, we know we're not where we want to be.

"But I can tell you that this team, our manager, the players, are absolutely united in what we have to do for the rest of the season, which is to finish in the top four.

"It's very much in our hands."

He added: "We have had absolutely unbelievable support from our travelling fans.

"Away to Sunderland, away to Milan, our supporters have put aside the questions, put aside the doubts, put aside the differences of opinion and got behind the team.

"If that can happen from now until the end of the season, I know that we can achieve Champions League qualification again for next year, that we can rebuild and regroup in the summer and come back strong.

"Victory through harmony. The strength of this club has always been its unity and our fans and our players need to come together in this fight for the rest of the season."