There's A Petition For The Emirates Stadium To Be Named After Arsene Wenger

On this day in 2018, Arsene Wenger announced that he would be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season.

Just hours after he announced that he would leave the club, many fans called for the club to rename the Emirates Stadium as tribute to the longest serving manager in their 132 year history.

Former Arsenal players Paul Merson and Alan Smith also backed the idea of 'The Arsene Wenger' stadium being introduced in the future.

"They should drop the Emirates bit - they don't need the money - and name it the Arsene Wenger Stadium," Merson told Sky Sports News.

"That's his stadium. He built that. He made that stadium. Even if they called it the Emirates Arsene Wenger Stadium. He deserves to be on that."

Here's the petition:


Wenger left behind a stunning legacy of 22 years, 10 major trophies and more than 800 Premier League games, but does he deserve to be recognised by branding his name on the stadium?

Former Arsenal striker There's A Petition For The Emirates To Be Renamed 'The Arsene Wenger Stadium'Alan Smith certainly thinks so:

"I go along with what Merse said. I think it's a great shout - to name the stadium after him would be a fitting tribute." he said.

"Obviously, clubs these days are unwilling to forego all of the millions that come with naming rights, but I think that would be fantastic."

The majority of Arsenal fans agreed with the statement and suggested that it should be renamed in tribute to Wenger.

Should Arsenal pay tribute to Wenger by renaming their stadium after him?

Let us know in the comments.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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