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Arsene Wenger condemns Arsenal protesters for 'wasting their day'

ARSENE WENGER has reminded Arsenal fans to be grateful they are fighting for a top-four spot and not battling relegation.

The Gunners have some catching up to do if they're to secure a top-four finish - they now sit sixth in the Premier League table, albeit with one or two games in hand over their top-four rivals - but even if they achieve that objective it's unlikely to appease the frustrated Emirates Stadium faithful.

Arsene Wenger has issued a "reminder" to Arsenal fans that his side are not fighting relegation this season.

After ruling both Cech and Koscielny out of Wednesday's clash at home to West Ham, Wenger said he was unsure who would lead Arsenal out before making the admission he did not know who had finished Sunday's game as captain.

"The experience of having done it before will play a part of course, but I think it is just about sticking together and continuing to fight".

But the 67-year-old Frenchman admitted his team - presently sixth and seven points off the Champions League places with a game in hand on fourth-placed Manchester City - have their work cut out.

Wenger due to speak at 9 (ish). "Suddenly it becomes important, so I am quite pleased that people realise that it's not as easy as it looks". "I feel that once he does take it, he will look at a lot of things in football around Arsenal and really go for it for the last two years".

He said: "It is three guys".

Campbell defended Wenger's record, saying: "Some teams haven't won the FA Cup in over 50 years".

Arsenal's support has been split over the awarding of a new contract to Wenger whose deal runs out at the end of the season. You just want our fans to stand behind the team and the club, and that's what they did.

But if this ridiculous story doesn't sum up Arsenal's current predicament under Wenger, we don't know what does. Honestly. Why should I waste energy on that.

"You never read about the performance of one individual person on the pitch, you read only about all the rest".