Hill-Wood says Wenger is ‘hurting’ but will come good again.
Arsene Wenger has received the backing of Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood ahead of the Gunners’ crunch Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
The Arsenal boss is under increasing pressure after Saturday’s shock FA Cup defeat to Blackburn left the club likely to end the season without a trophy for the eighth year in a row.
Bayern visit the Emirates Stadium as overwhelming favourites and another poor display would see further scrutiny heaped onto the former Monaco manager.
But Hill-Wood has urged patience and is backing Wenger to come good again.
“You have your ups and downs and we are having a bit of a down. But some of the reaction has been a bit hysterical,” he is quoted as saying by Soccerway
“You hear clubs being criticised for sacking their manager too quickly. Now there are people out there calling for us to sack a manager who has been a huge success for 15 years.
“That does not help much. I have been extremely disappointed by some of the recent results. I have been an Arsenal fan for a lot longer than most so I think I know what it feels like. It hurts a lot and I am sure Arsene is hurting too.
“He is very diplomatic and calm but deep down he feels very strongly and he is as upset as anyone.
“It’s not just me who is backing Arsene. (Major shareholder) Stan Kroenke is very supportive too.”
Arsenal currently lie fifth in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.