Arsenal legend Robert Pires feels the club’s supporters should unite together in order to push the Gunners towards the Premier League title next season.
The Gunners faithful were split into two groups during the second half of the campaign with the ‘Wenger In’ and ‘Wenger Out’ banner out in full flow.Arsene Wenger therein claimed that the hostile environment had an impact on his fellow players, and this eventually saw the club finish in fifth place – the worst result under the Frenchman’s 21-year reign.
The 67-year-old earned a two-year extension earlier this week following the club’s FA Cup triumph over Chelsea, and Pires insists that the fans should show their passion in the right way.
“I love Arsenal and I love Arsene Wenger so I think it’s great news for him,” he told Sky Sports following the Champions League legends game at Cardiff.
“I think the decision is not easy because they had some trouble during the season with some fans, so now we need to build a new team for next season.
“Some fans are split but the message is to be passionate for next season because the first objective will be to win the Premier League.”
The north London giants have already wrapped up a Bosman agreement to sign Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac this summer, and Pires hopes the club bring further recruits in order to end their long wait for the English title.Pires, who featured for the Gunners between 2000 and 2006, was part of the ‘The Invincibles’ team which won the Premier League in the 2003/04 season – the last time the Gunners tasted league success.Since then, the club have been in and around the top positions during the festive period only to blow up their chances against the big teams in the second half of the season.