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Wenger calls on fans to shun boycott and roar on Gunners

 

Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to attend tonight's game against Sunderland rather than participate in a boycott aimed at removing him.

The 67-year-old has still yet to announce whether he will sign a new contract to stay beyond this campaign.

Arsenal have just three games remaining - two home Premier League clashes against the Black Cats and Everton, before an FA Cup final date with champions Chelsea.

After Liverpool's 4-0 win at West Ham on Sunday, a place in the Premier League top four, and qualification for next season's Champions League, is now out of the Gunners' hands.

A number of fan groups are calling for Wenger's near 21-year reign to come to an end, one posting online: "Please consider joining us in this boycott. We can send a message to Stan Kroenke and Arsene Wenger that Arsenal should be doing so much better."

But Wenger said: "My message is always the same, to support the team," he said. "We had a difficult period and we recovered. The only chance we have to be in the top four is to win our games."

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