Arsene Wenger has appeared to hit out at Arsenal fans in his programme notes.
The Frenchman has come under pressure in recent weeks after a disappointing run of form, which has seen Arsenal win just one of their last six Premier League matches.
Fans have continued to protest against the Gunners chief and even took to the club’s training ground this week to call for his departure.
Wenger is yet to confirm if he will stay on this summer but is expected to pen a new deal, even if Arsenal miss out on Champions League qualification.
And ahead of the clash with West Ham, he suggested the fans should be realistic and think about the bigger picture.
“Finishing in the top four is a good challenge but I think it is perfectly possible,” he wrote in the matchday programme.
“The experience of having done it before will play a part of course, but I think it is just about sticking together and continuing to right. If we show the same spirit we showed against City, we will win football games.
“We were unbeaten for 19 games this season, and I think it’s a good opportunity to remind people we are not finishing to not be relegated, we are fighting to have a positive end to the season.
“That’s why you want the fans to stand behind the team and that the debate at the moment is about that.”
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Arsene Wenger speaks ahead of West Ham clash
Arsenal are without skipper Laurent Koscielny for the clash with West Ham, while David Ospina has a back problem.
Emiliano Martinez is expected to come in for the Gunners stopper.