Hill-Wood hits out at 'silly' fans

BY foxsports • April 10, 2011

The Arsenal Supporters Trust revealed this week they planned to discuss the Gunners' six-year failure to win any silverware with chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Manager Arsene Wenger, who could yet land the Premier League title this season, launched a staunch defence of his record on Friday, claiming it was better to be in the Champions League every season than to win the FA Cup or Carling Cup. Hill-Wood defended Wenger, saying: "We are 100% behind him. That is always a dangerous statement, but I can assure you it has not crossed our minds that we wouldn't support him 100%. "I simply cannot believe he will react to these stupid comments from these silly people. They are supposed to be supporters, but, in fact, they do quite a lot of damage. "We have set the bar high and everybody expects us to achieve that every year, but it simply isn't possible. If you keep changing managers every nine months, you get into even more trouble." The AST meet regularly with the Arsenal hierarchy but Hill-Wood warned that privilege could be stopped. He said: "They are in danger of us becoming less friendly with them. We haven't yet, but I am just saying we could become less friendly." Wenger has been criticised by some for failing to spend big and placing too much emphasis on youth. In a clear dig at Chelsea, who spent a record-breaking £50million on Fernando Torres in January, Hill-Wood said: "We have always been prepared to back him (Wenger), but he doesn't want to spend £50million on a striker who doesn't score goals." Arsenal tried to mitigate the impact of Hill-Wood's comments, saying in a statement: "As we all know, emotions can run high in football many times throughout a season. It's because we all care about our club. "Our fans are at the heart of what we are here to do and that will always be the case. "We have always had a uniquely strong working relationship with AST and other supporters' groups and this is important to us."

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