The under-fire Gunners boss may be seeing support for his reign dwindle in the stands, but those on his playing staff continue to offer their support
Alex Iwobi considers Arsene Wenger to be “a great man” and is hoping to see him continue in his role as Arsenal manager.
Questions continue to be asked of the Frenchman’s long-term future at Emirates Stadium as his current contract nears its expiration.
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No extension has been agreed as of yet, amid calls from a large part of the club’s fan base for a change to be made in the dugout, but reports continue to suggest Wenger will stay on for at least another 12 months.
Iwobi hopes that will be the case, with the Nigeria international of the opinion that criticism of the long-serving Gunners boss is “unfair”.
He told the BBC’s World Football programme: “He’s a great man, in my opinion. I’d like him to stay.
“He’s always helped me and developed me as player.
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“I don’t think it’s fair the way everybody criticises him. It’s very unfair considering what he’s done.
“He’s always achieved fourth place, been in the Champions League and been up there with the title contenders.”
Iwobi is also looking for fresh terms to be thrashed out with star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who will be out of contract at the end of next season.
“As you can see from stats, goals and chances they create they are key players in our team,” said Iwobi.
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“Everything offensively almost goes through them. Even though we have other players they are world-class players.
“For the club it’d be great for them to stay, but at the end of the day it’s their decisions.”