Arsenal trained on Tuesday (August 20) before flying out to Turkey for their vital Champions League playoff first leg clash with Fenerbache.

The match comes at a crucial time for under-fire manager Arsene Wenger who's side lost their opening Premier League match of the season to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Disgruntled fans stoked up the pressure on Wenger by telling the club's board it would be 'inappropriate' to offer the Frenchman a new contract.

Wenger's deal expires at the end of the season but having failed to win a trophy in the last eight years, the 63-year-old is facing more heat than ever before in his 17 years at the club.

Many of the grievances come from Wenger's recruitment policy, with young French forward Yaya Sanogo the only addition of the close season despite the board's assurances the club had money to spend and could compete financially with the elite.

Fans called for investment throughout the disappointing 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa, with the Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) saying contract talks for the manager must be put on hold.

Wenger's plans to recruit are hampered by the busy start to the season with Arsenal away to Turkish side Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League playoff round on Wednesday. They then face a Premier League London derby at Fulham on Saturday.

Should results not go his way and the transfer window close without the signings demanded by the fans, Wenger could face as much heat from the home crowd as he normally gets from arch-rivals Spurs when the two clash at the Emirates on Sept. 1.

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