Arsene Wenger has hit back at those who have shown him a “lack of respect” this season and described those individuals as a “disgrace”.
The Frenchman came out fighting as part of a defiant interview with BBC Football Focus.
The Arsenal boss has found himself under fire from the Emirates faithful this season after guiding the north Londoners to a fifth place finish.
Banners, protests and planes have all been used in a bid to rid the 67-year-old of his current position.
Should Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday, it would be a bitter-sweet ending to what could be Wenger’s last season in charge.
Speaking on Football Focus, Wenger said: “You don’t mind criticism because you’re in the public job. The lack of respect at some stages has been, for me, a disgrace – and I would never accept that.
“I believe there is a difference between being criticised and being treated in a way that human beings don’t deserve to be treated. I will never forget that.
“The behaviour of some people during this season is that what hurts me most. Behind the work and the respect for this club are the values that this club respected.
“And the image this club has given in recent weeks is absolutely unacceptable because it tarnishes the impeccable image the club has all over the world.”
Speaking on Football Focus after the interview, Martin Keown added: “Wenger seems very defiant. He doesn’t sound like a man who is about to go. He is calling out the board, asking them to not go with the popular decision – because the fans are against him.
“In that interview, he is a different Arsene Wenger. It is his life! He doesn’t want to let go of Arsenal Football Club. He said “retired people die!” That’s how serious he is about it.
“His life is dependent on staying in management. I cannot believe that after all he has achieved over the last 12 years that the fans are against him.”