Wenger rarely gets a friendly reception at the Britannia Stadium.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made a surprising admission in the aftermath of his side’s disappointing 3-2 defeat at Stoke City at the weekend, report the Metro, with the Frenchman admitting that he stayed in the dugout in the Potteries to avoid a hostile reception from the home supporters.
Wenger and the Gunners have enjoyed a notoriously strained reputation with Stoke City in recent years following the incident where Aaron Ramsey’s leg was broken following a late tackle by centre back Ryan Shawcross, with the Potters fans clearly believing that their club was unfairly targeted by Wenger in the aftermath.
The Frenchman has received a frosty reception on every visit to the Britannia Stadium since – and admitted that he held back to avoid it during the defeat on Saturday:
“They [Stoke fans] love me so much here I did not want to give them an opportunity to show me that love,” Wenger told reporters afterwards.”