Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann has asked fans to see sense in under-fire boss Arsene Wenger staying at the club beyond the end of the season.
The retired German goalkeeper says Wenger should not be forced out of the club given when he has achieved in over 20 years in charge.
Fans have been protesting Wenger's stay at the club with many calling for his resignation following the 10- 2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16.
Lehmann asked fans to give the Frenchman one more season to sign the right players for the club who could compete for trophies and judge his thereafter.
He said: “I think he has to stay now, because he’s done so much for the club.
“People are talking about his age, if he still has something to give and if he can influence people and they want a new manager to come in to bring fresh air.
“But on the other hand it’s very difficult to replace intelligence, and we all know he is a very intelligent man and manager and he’s still got the fire.
“With all he’s done for the club I think he deserves not to go on such a bad spell of results.
“He probably needs a bit more future with some new signings, and then next season could be a completely different situation.”
The retired German goalkeeper, 47, played for the north London giants for six seasons across two stints – all under the French boss.
Lehmann was brought to Arsenal by Wenger from Borussia Dortmund for the start of the 2003-04 season in which the Gunners when unbeaten in the league.
The German spent five seasons at the Emirates, racking up 147 Premier League appearances for the club, winning the title once to go with the FA Cup in 2004-05 and the Community Shield.