Arsenal Supporters' Trust survey shows overwhelming majority want Arsene Wenger to go and are unhappy with the board

 
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Wenger Out: Fans polled were overwhelmingly in favour of Wenger stepping down (Source: Getty)

Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger have come under renewed pressure to part ways, after a leading fans' group said the overwhelming majority of its members were against him staying.

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) have called on the board to withdraw any offer of a new contract to Wenger after 78 per cent of its members said they were against him remaining after his contract expires this summer

Wenger's future position has come under increasing scrutiny in recent after Arsenal were dumped out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage for the seventh successive season and cast adrift from the top of the Premier League, a trophy they last won in 2004.

"In light of these survey results the AST now calls on Arsenal's board not to renew Arsene Wenger's contract at the end of the 2016/17 season," said the supporters' group in a statement.

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"A substantial majority of our members believe he is no longer the right person to take the club forward. We are confident this is an accurate of the wider fanbase."

The AST also found that 86 per cent of is nearly 1,000 members believed the Arsenal board have handled Wenger's future in a manner that is "in the best interests of Arsenal".

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A minority of fans have protested before games against Wenger being handed a new contract (Source: Getty)

"We believe the board's role now is to successfully manage the transition to a new manager, an eventuality for which they have had plenty of warning and time to prepare.

"The AST has long believed that change is needed in the Arsenal boardroom. The fact that only nine per cent of our members believe the Arsenal board have handled this issue well reinforces our view that a fresh approach is urgently needed. The board needs more dynamic and independent members with skill sets that reflect the challenges Arsenal face, including the need to grow commercial revenues and to rebuild a football management structure that increasingly looks out of date."

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Wenger, who is believed to have been offered a two year extension by the Arsenal board, has already decided whether or not he will extend his 21-year-stay at the club but he is yet to reveal his intentions.

Chairman Sir Chips Keswick says a mutual decision will be made "at the right time".

The AST's survey results, which contrasts with a poll conducted just two years ago which found that 84 per cent of members agreeing that Wenger was "the right person to manage Arsenal", comes after some fans have held protests against the Frenchman.

However, many responses to the AST's latest survey expressed gratitude for Wenger's achievements.

"We believe that he deserves huge respect and admiration for his long-term contribution to our club, including delivering some of the best football ever witnessed not just by Arsenal fans but all of those who follow the English game," said an AST statement.

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