Arsene Wenger gave short shrift to renewed calls for him to leave after Arsenal comprehensively beat Hull to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both netted braces as the Gunners made light work of their fifth-round replay at the KC Stadium, although the 4-0 victory clearly was not enough for a section of the travelling support.
‘Arsene, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye’ read a banner held aloft in the away end towards the end of the match, somewhat taking the gloss off an impressive display by the Gunners.
“There’s nothing disappointing for me – you know, I do my job,” Wenger said.
“Look at the history of the club, since the club exists, and you will see that I have nothing to be scared of.”
Asked why the supporters have done it, he bristled: “I don’t care. I do not want to speak about that because it is always the same story.
“I told you already sometimes the press conferences are very boring and it is enough now.
“If you have any questions, you ask anybody else but you don’t come back to me with that.”
The banner was a reaction to Arsenal’s form away from the FA Cup, with an almighty turnaround required to overcome Barcelona in the Champions League next week.
It is the eight-point gap to Premier League leaders Leicester that really sticks in the craw, though – not that Hull counterpart Steve Bruce can comprehend the anger aimed at Wenger.
“I just can’t understand that for the life of me,” he said.
“But, then again, we’re in a crazy industry at the moment where the coach or the manager, no matter who you are or what respect you’ve got – (have) people coming after you. We are going to talk about it, probably.
“The fella has been immense for Arsenal for 20 years and maybe these idiots, who think they want change… until they have change might rue that decision forever more.
“He has been managing Arsenal since ’96, which is quite remarkable.
“He has been able to shrug it off, dust it off. He’s a very, very experienced man and we’re talking about one of the greats here.
“For what he has done, I think people have to realise what he has done and achieved at Arsenal, but it doesn’t seem enough any more.
“They don’t have a divine right to win it with the spending power others have got, so I can’t understand it.”