Arsenal’s 1-5 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night meant that they were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 stage at 10-2 aggregate.
It was the seventh straight year of elimination at this stage and many calls for manager Arsene Wenger to leave were heard via social media.
Arsenal fans held protests at the Emirates Stadium before and after the match with many posting their opinion on Twitter.
Wenger’s most vocal opposition, British talk show host Piers Morgan, led the rally cry behind those wanting the dismissal of the Frenchman.
“No true Arsenal fan can continue to stand by Wenger. Last night’s abject humiliation has to be the end of a great era for our club. #afc (sic),” Morgan posted to his Twitter account.
No true Arsenal fan can continue to stand by Wenger.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2017
Last night's abject humiliation has to be the end of a great era for our club. #afc
Earlier, he had reposted FC Bayern Munich’s Twitter handle which mocked the London club. Morgan claimed Wenger is responsible for Arsenal having become a laughing stock.
It's official: Wenger's made us a laughing stock. https://t.co/lIW0Tg9Bof— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2017
A video uploaded to Twitter by Davie Dawson (@davidGAAdawson1) of the protests against Wenger led by Arsenal fans received over 300,000 views in the first 14 hours of publishing. The video was captioned: “Wenger out🙈 #ARSFCB”
While the tone of most was to oppose the extension to Wenger’s 21-year stay at Arsenal, some offered advice that the Frenchman should make the decision to leave rather than the club having to force him out.
Do the right thing Wenger. Announce you're going, bring the fanbase together and let the club plan the future. Do it with dignity. Its over— Den (@DenMit888) March 8, 2017
The honourable thing for Papa Wenger to do is to leave. The situation is getting worse by the day...— Bright Kankam Boadu (@TheOnlyBKB) March 8, 2017
The 1-5 mauling at the Emirates — a repeat of the first leg score line from Bayern’s Allianz Arena — brought on many jokes at Wenger and Arsenal’s expense.
An account named BigSport (@BigSportGB) decided to target the fact that Arsenal have failed to progress past the round-of-16 stage for the last seven seasons by bringing up the case of their biggest rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who reached the quarterfinals in 2010-11. A photo of former Spurs player Tom Huddlestone was uploaded to remind Arsenal fans that he had played more quarterfinal matches than their club.
Just a reminder that in the last 7 seasons, Tom Huddlestone has played in more UCL quarter-finals than Arsenal... pic.twitter.com/6cDtOVpvpT— BigSport (@BigSportGB) March 8, 2017
Goal.com poked fun at the fact that Wenger was probably the most depressed person in the United Kingdom the morning after the match.
Feeling down this Wednesday morning?— Goal UK (@GoalUK) March 8, 2017
Console yourself with the fact you're not Arsene Wenger. pic.twitter.com/WE5NdglaAv
Other tweets spoke about Wenger’s future, his perceived lack of tactical planning and poor luck in the round-of-16 stage.
If Arsene Wenger signs a contract extension after this. He basically becomes the football version of an African Dictator.— Chamisa 4 President (@iamfranciszw) March 8, 2017
Mourinho - the special one— Luke (@Dierbolic) March 8, 2017
Klopp - the normal one
Wenger - the 5-1
However, few leaned to Wenger’s aide despite the debacle; though those voices mostly came from fans of other clubs and that of neutral journalists.
A Manchester United fan wrote: “Wenger divorced his wife so he could concentrate on managing Arsenal. SAF abandoned us to be with his wife. The difference #WengerIn”
Wenger divorced his wife so he could concentrate on managing Arsenal.— Terryann Kibiriti (@terrikibiriti) March 8, 2017
SAF abandoned us to be with his wife.
The difference #WengerIn
James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) of the Manchester Evening News highlighted that while Arsenal may have been knocked out, considering the pedigree of their opposition, the result was justified.
As bad as Arsenal’s Champions League record is - they generally lose to teams you’d expect them to. Is that underachieving?— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) March 7, 2017