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Rwandan president wants Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal

Brooks Peck
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Rwanda president Paul Kagame sings "Oh to be a Gooner" at the UN. (Getty)

Public displays of dissent from your home fans and your captain during a loss to Manchester United are one thing, but we know Arsene Wenger's position at Arsenal has truly soured when the president of Rwanda tweets that he should leave the club. And that nightmare has now come true, surely causing a great deal of pain for Wenger if he at all cared. Which he probably doesn't.

In a series of tweets directed at Kenyan journalist and fellow Arsenal fan Philip Etale, Kagame made his call for change using more exclamation points than you might expect from a head of state.

From the AFP:

"I very much support Arsenal - but to be honest Wenger needs to coach another team now and Arsenal needs another coach," Kagame wrote. [...]

"When a good team (players) and a good coach fail for long to deliver, one of them has to change, or even both!!," said Kagame, who came to power in the small central African nation in 1994.

"The real/main danger is for anyone to get used to mediocre/lacklustre performance and/or results and accepts to live with it … or keeps finding excuses for it!!!," Kagame wrote.

Making this outburst all the more hurtful is the fact that Wenger once sent Kagame a birthday present and letter thanking the former rebel leader for his backing.

At a bash for his 50th birthday in 2007, Kagame was handed an Arsenal banner signed by the entire squad and a letter in which Wenger told him of his pride at learning that the Rwandan head of state was a keen supporter.

For Kagame's next birthday, Wenger will send him a Spurs banner signed by Ashley Cole and a drawing of a giant middle finger.

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