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Wenger abused by Arsenal fans at railway station

ESPN staff
December 8, 2014
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was abused by the club's travelling fans as he boarded a train at Stoke-on-Trent station following the club's 3-2 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal fell behind after only 19 seconds and were 3-0 down by half-time and, although they pulled two goals back in quick succession after the break, they were unable to salvage a point.

Wilshere on track

  • Jack Wilshere remains on course to return from his latest ankle injury on schedule in around the middle of February.
  • It was reported on Monday that Wilshere had suffered a setback in his recovery and could be out until at least March. However, it is understood the original prognosis still stands, with Wilshere set to return after a 12-week absence following the injury suffered against Manchester United on November 22.
  • The north London derby against Tottenham on February 7 is likely to be just too soon for Wilshere to make his return. A home game against Leicester follows on February 10, with a potential FA Cup fifth-round tie the following weekend and then the first-leg of the Champions League last-16 tie.
  • Wilshere should also be available in plenty of time for his next international commitments, with England taking on Lithuania in their next Euro 2016 qualifier on March 27.

Footage on YouTube showed Arsenal supporters booing Wenger, who has been manager since 1996, with one shouting at him to "f*** off and leave," while another shouted to striker Joel Campbell: "Get out while you can, Joel."

Arsenal's defeat brought an abrupt halt to a run of three successive wins, and defender Per Mertesacker said they had only themselves to blame.

"We nearly came back from a shocking first half," Mertesacker told Arsenal's official website. "We had to show some morale and some respect to our travelling fans.

"At half-time we said to ourselves: 'We're going to fight until the end, no matter what happens.' That was the only positive thing. We're not normally like that [defensively], so it's a big regret.

"We have a few problems. We have had a couple of games in the last two weeks so we had to shuffle around a bit and sometimes when you're not used to a position, you can find yourself one or two yards from the right position.

"That's not an excuse - overall we lacked a lot of things, especially in the first half, and we tried to turn it around and keep our chins up to give ourselves a much better position."

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini said: "We are very upset with ourselves and very sorry for our fans, who travelled here."

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