Arsenal fans plan to protest during Premier League match against Norwich City

Long-serving manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure at Arsenal. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

Long-serving manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure at Arsenal. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA - Credit: PA

Two of Arsenal's largest supporters' groups have announced plans to protest during Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Norwich City.

The Black Scarf Movement and REDaction both released statements on Tuesday urging fans to hold up placards reading: 'Time For Change. Arsenal is stale – fresh approach needed'.

The two respective websites included an image of the banner for supporters to print off and hand out ahead of the match against struggling Norwich, with plans to then hold them aloft on 12 minutes, 78 minutes and at full-time.

The timings are in reference to the 12 years since Arsenal last won the Premier League title, having dropped off the pace this season after leading the table at the turn of the year and the protest comes with Norwich visiting in front of the television cameras for Saturday's 5:30pm kick-off.

There is also unrest at the lack of money being invested in the team by manager Arsene Wenger, despite the club having plenty of cash in reserve, while once again having the costliest season ticket is another reason for fans' ire.

'Basically speaking, Arsenal Football Club has gone stale,' the Black Scarf Movement statement read.

'We are seeing the same failures year after year, and amid rumours that Arsene Wenger may be given a new three-year contract there really seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

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'(Stan) Kroenke and the Board are seemingly content with Champions League cash, so outside of finishing 4th best in the league there is no pressure at all on the manager. This isn't good enough.'

REDaction called for the club's supporters to be united in protest this weekend, with their own statement exclaiming: 'It's pretty clear that things aren't right at Arsenal.

'We have an absentee owner who takes money from the club whilst not engaging with fans. We have a manager who won't use the resources available to him, to strengthen a squad which everybody can see needs investment.

'Throw in some of the highest ticket prices in world football. And, all of the Groundhog seasons, where it's clear that the fans' ambitions are not matched by those in charge.'