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Feb 19, 2013

Wenger receives Arsenal board backing

Arsenal manager loses his temper during his pre-match press conference.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has thrown his support behind manager Arsene Wenger following his outburst at a press conference on Monday.

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On the back of Arsenal's defeat to Blackburn in the FA Cup at the weekend, Wenger was extremely agitated in his Monday press conference and accused the press of trying to harm the club by printing stories about his contractual situation.

Unless Arsenal win the Champions League, their seven-year trophyless run will extend further and the Frenchman is currently under intense pressure at Emirates Stadium.

Wenger has a further year to run on his deal and has always maintained he never breaks contracts. And it would appear he will not be forced to leave, according to Hill-Wood.

"You have your ups and downs and we are having a bit of a down," Hill-Wood told the Daily Star. "But some of the reaction has been a bit hysterical.

"You hear clubs being criticised for sacking their manager too quickly. Now there are people out there calling for us to sack a manager who has been a huge success for 15 years. That does not help much.

"I have been extremely disappointed by some of the recent results. I have been an Arsenal fan for a lot longer than most so I think I know what it feels like. It hurts a lot and I am sure Arsene is hurting too.

"He is very diplomatic and calm but deep down he feels very strongly and he is as upset as anyone. It's not just me who is backing Arsene. (Major shareholder) Stan Kroenke is very supportive too."

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