Arsene Wenger reveals how he responded after vicious Arsenal criticism at Stoke

PUBLISHED: 07:30 17 January 2016

Manager Arsene Wenger celebrates (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manager Arsene Wenger celebrates (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Arsene Wenger says he was not affected by furious Arsenal fans who accosted him at Stoke railway station last season.

Arsenal lost 3-2 at the Brittania Stadium in December 2014 and a group of fans waited by the platform and heckled Wenger as he and the players boarded their train home.

The Gunners soon turned their form around as they won 16 of their last 23 league games and went on to lift the FA Cup for the second year in a row.

This season, Arsenal are well-positioned to challenge for the Premier League title as they sit among the leaders after the halfway point.

Before this weekend’s trip to the Brittania Wenger was asked how he was able to deal with being so heavily criticised on that occasion.

“It is my age and I know there was more made of it than it really was,” Wenger replied.

“It was four people shouting, it happens at the stadium as well out of the hundreds of thousands of fans we have. It looked like all of the fans were there but it was four people.

“It is part of it and it is part of your job to make a big thing of it. What stops me sleeping is losing games, if people are not happy I can live with that and understanding.

“It happened before, where fans were unhappy and they chanted in the stands away from home. You do not want your fans to be happy that you lose games, but there needs to be a limit.

“In an ideal society you want everybody to respect everybody but I cannot influence that. Can I live with it? I would prefer not to but if I have to I will.”

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