Bob Wilson defends Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
There have been fresh calls for Wenger to end his Arsenal tenure in the wake of a 5-1 humiliation at Bayern Munich last night.
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and is said to have a two-year extension on the table, but is yet to make up his mind.
The result at the Allianz Arena all but confirms the Gunners will exit the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the seventh successive year.
While two defeats in their last three Premier League games has seen them fall behind in the race for a first title since 2004.
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But former Arsenal goalkeeper Wilson insists the players have to shoulder a lot of the responsibility for the poor showing against Bayern.
"Today, sadly, there are lots of new voices who would still be pro-Arsene who will be for his going, and they will be added to those who are already screaming for his departure," he said.
"It is very sad and unfair in many ways, but the bottom line is that the blame is not with Arsene, it is with his players.
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"The irony is, individually they are a good squad when they are all fit, it is one of the better squads. The real blame comes back on them.
Bob Wilson says Arsenal players to blame for Bayern Munich humiliation
"The old club crest that I used to wear, the famous old saying that was ground into us was 'Victoria Concordia Crescit' which means 'Victory grows through harmony' – they did not have that harmony.
"The players need to take a long, hard look at themselves; they should be thinking about not just themselves but also the club but also particularly about the fans.
"The fans are losing faith and their blame is directed at the manager. At the same time they should be pointing the finger at the players.
"I hope the players realise they are playing for one of the great football clubs, I'm hoping they realise how much they are letting themselves, their families, the club and the fans down."