By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger can take criticism – as long as it is constructive and delivered with respect.
The Arsenal manager has come under fire since his team crashed out of the Champions League and the FA Cup, not least when he faced a barrage of hostile questions at a Q&A with Club shareholders last week.
Wenger was hurt by the attacks on his players that night and, at his pre-match press conference, he explained why. In the Frenchman’s view, Arsenal’s shareholders have done well out of the Club’s success in recent years.
“I was disappointed because I believe especially the shareholders cannot complain,” he said.
“You look at the share price when I arrived and the share price now. You check in October 1996 it must have been around £400 and now it is £10,000. Some would say between eight and 10. But it means that the Club has moved forward and not gone back.
"There are two things in our job. Criticism I accept with respect. Disrespect I don't accept and don't respect.
“I prefer the fans to complain rather than the shareholders. I could understand that more."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 22 May 2009