LONDON: All change at Arsenal. Fans were chanting: “There’s only one Arsene Wenger!” just one week after he was insulted by supporters at a railway station following the decisive 4-1 win over Newcastle.
The Magpies had ended Chelsea’s unbeaten record the previous week but were 3:0 down in less than an hour after a fine display of flowing football from the Gunners.
Wenger responded to the chants with satisfaction, saying: “I’m thankful to the fans for signing my name at the end. I am grateful and enjoy it.
“I have worked for 18 years in this country and I have been accepted 99.9pc with big respect. I can take the 0.1pc and live with it.
“Our job is to win and when we don’t I understand why the fans are not happy. That is the most important things: that our fans go home happy because we played well.”
Arsenal, who moved up to sixth, face Liverpool next Sunday riding on a momentum generated by the two successive 4:1 wins over Galatasaray in Istanbul and Newcastle.
Olivier Giroud was the star turn, ably assisted by Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sánchez. Giroud and Cazorla both scored twice. But once again in the league there was no starting place for Lukas Podolski despite his two goals in Europe in midweek.
Podolski appeared only as a late substitute for Giroud and had to make do with Wenger’s promises of more chances in future.
Wenger said: “He’s getting back to form but there’s a lot of competition up front so I can rotate a little bit. He will get his opportunities.
“There are of course frustrations from the players who are top quality and don’t get much of a look in. But that is part and parcel of the job.”