Arsenal legend Ian Wright says “it is tearing him apart” to see Arsene Wenger come under fire from Gunners fans.
Wenger faces increasing criticism from some supporters angry with the club’s poor form, with one banner urging him to end his 19-year reign as manager.
The London club have slipped to third in the Premier League table and exited the FA Cup at the weekend.
Wright says that he found it “very uncomfortable” to see Wenger being treated the way he is.
“It is tearing me apart because I played for him and have a lot of respect for him,” said Wright. “He gave me extra years on my career.”
Arsenal’s season looked very healthy just a few weeks ago.
They were top of the Premier League on 4 January and fighting for silverware in two cup competitions.
But they have won only two of their past nine league games and now lie third in the table, eight points behind leaders Leicester City and six behind north London rivals Tottenham.
They are also heading out of the Champions League.