Last season a feeling of uncertainty loomed over the Emirates Stadium for much of the campaign.

As time ticked down on Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal contract, weeks and months went by without a decision being made.

The uncertainty unsettled sections of supporters and slowly it manifested in protest. There were banners, marches – and even planes flying over stadiums. ‘Wexit’ was in full flow.

Groups of fans were determined for Wenger to leave after 21 years of service, while others still believed he was the right man for the job.

The division was there for all to see and Wenger confesses now even he didn’t know what he was going to do.

“It had an impact on the season,” admitted Wenger at a recent Football Writers’ Association Live event.

“At some stage the players came to see me and said: ‘What’s going on boss? Where do you go?’

“I created, with me not deciding, a lack of clarity in the dressing room and there is nothing worse than that in the dressing room.

“When you are not completely in or the players feel you are not completely in, it is difficult to tell them we go [out to win].

“At some stage, I had to tell them, ‘Look guys, I am with you, but we have to win games’.”

And win games Arsenal did, as Wenger secured the seventh FA Cup of his time in North London with victory over Chelsea at Wembley in May.

A new year two-year contract followed and, for once, it seemed like order and peace had been restored to a previously disgruntled fan base.

Now the decision had been made, surely they would unite behind Wenger?

However, in the wake of the Frenchman’s new deal, those who organised the protests revealed that may not be the case.

The mood may have been lifted thanks to the board and Wenger making a definitive decision, but that doesn’t mean events can’t turn again.

“I think the situation is that there is a lot of happiness about the FA Cup final,” said Mark King, who helped organise protests last season.

“That will last for a while and then most people will begin to realise where we are at based on today’s announcements. Let the dust settle, let the summer go, let’s see what happening, but I firmly believe that we will be back.

“I think now actually with Stan, we gave him a bit of a free pass last season because as we said Wenger picks the teams. Stan releases money and he buys the players. So we couldn’t really blame Kroenke for that.

“But now with Kroenke just basically saying ‘carry on as you are’, I think he has put himself in the firing line alongside Wenger. So I think next season we will be looking at both of them to be fair.”

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Wenger too, to be fair, is wise enough to know that the feel-good mood at Arsenal could turn at any moment.

The club’s Community Shield triumph against Chelsea at Wembley has helped build yet more bridges, but there are already murmurs of discontent among supporters at the club’s lack of transfer activity.

French striker Alexandre Lacazette has arrived for a club record fee of £50m, but the failure to add another marquee attacker – Thomas Lemar of Monaco is an Arsenal transfer target – is a source of frustration for all.

It is why a good start to the season is imperative.

Wenger is well aware that he is only slowly winning over his doubters, but a strong showing in the first few rounds of fixtures will continue to keep them quiet.

“But you know, first of all that is a battle that you’ve never won definitely and that is all linked with the results that we will make and the way we play football,” he says.

“You have to accept the public verdict and we have to just make sure that we keep everybody on our side.

“It’s ideal to have everybody on our side but that is down to the performances we have.

“So we have a good opportunity to show that we have had a good preparation and we are ready.”

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