Arsene Wenger came under a barrage of abuse from angry Arsenal fans after a shock 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League today.
And some Gunners fans fought amongst themselves as supporters backing the Frenchman clashed with those who oppose his position at the Emirates.
Wenger came in for intense criticism at the final whistle from the few followers who had remained in the ground and had’t departed early in disgust.
Wenger has failed to make any major signings so far this summer despite having a transfer kitty said to be bulging with close to £100million.
Social media was awash with hateful invective aimed at the manager and his lack of signings and even reports on twitter of fans squaring up to each other.
Many Gooners are now fearful that Wenger’s under-strength squad will be incapable of overcoming Turkish opponents Fenerbahce over two legs of the upcoming Champions League qualifying tie.
Wenger has stated he intends to bring in up to three new recruits to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes.
And the evidence is that he urgently needs to after this awful loss to Villa.
Wenger will no doubt point to a terrible display of refereeing by Anthony Taylor, which led to a second penalty being awarded and a yellow card for Laurent Koscielny. The French defender clearly won the ball but the official adjudged he had brought down Gabby Agbonlahor. Cristian Benteke, who had made it 1-1 with first-half spot kick, scored to make it 2-1 and Arsenal were forced to chase the game.
Koscielny picked up a soft second yellow a few minutes later and was dismissed to the amazement of the majority of the 60,000 spectators.
Arsenal were then caught on the break and Vila fullback Antonio Luna made it 3-1.
It had started so well for the Gunners when Olivier Giroud gave then an early one goal lead after brilliant work by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Now Wenger must redouble his efforts in the transfer market and try to boost morale ahead of a testing trip to Istanbul.