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Arsenal chief slams Gunners fans for 'out of order' attacks on Wenger
Published : 19 May 2009 11:51:23
Shareholders who launched a savage attack on Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players last week were 'out of order', according to chairman Peter Hill-Wood. In the wake of a Champions League semi-final mauling by Manchester United which confirmed a fourth trophyless season for the north Londoners, Wenger suffered the wrath of some fans during the meeting at the Emirates Stadium. His youngsters were accused of lacking backbone, defender Mikael Silvestre was branded 'geriatric' and striker Emmanuel Adebayor also came in for fierce criticism over his performances. Wenger could now be tempted by a move to Real Madrid after he refused to rule out the possibility when quizzed this week. And Hill-Wood insists the flak aimed his way was the last thing needed at such a sensitive time. 'Frankly, some of the questions were quite disgraceful,' he told the Daily Mirror. 'There you have the most successful manager in our history and two or three of the shareholders made the most negative and somewhat hostile and sarcastic comments, which I think were completely out of order. 'I was very upset by the questions, I have to say. We, and he, kindly agreed to have this meeting and whether we have another one is a moot point. 'Arsene was very diplomatic and honest in his answers and deserves great credit for that. But I wouldn't have been anything like as polite if they had asked me.'