A disgruntled Arsene Wenger sat down with press after Arsenal’s drab 0-0 draw with Aston Villa and made clear that he doesn’t have to justify every single decision he makes after fans criticised his choice to leave Jack Wilshere on the bench.
A small section of the travelling fans arrowed the ‘You don’t know what you’re doing,’ chant in the direction of the boss when he decided to replace striker Olivier Giroud with defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, despite the fact his team were struggling to assert themselves in the final third.
“I don’t comment [on the chants]… I do my job and do my best for the team,” he said after the match.
“Is it hurtful? Look, I have managed for 30 years at the top level and I have to convince you I can manage the team?
“How many games have you managed? I promise you if you manage one I will sit in the stands and chant ‘you know what you are doing!'”
“Jack – I decided to rest him today…in the [wet] weather like that it’s more dangerous to bring him on.
“What is the thinking behind the substitution? I will not explain every decision I make, you judge the game and I sit here and explain to you our game.
“You are all great managers! I read the newspapers every day and I can tell you that you are always great managers!”
Analysing the performance of his side, Wenger returned to his well-thumbed thesaurus of Anglo-French platitudes.
“They fought very hard and had some chances as well…we lacked a little bit accuracy in our final balls.”
“We lacked a little bit of sharpness in the final third… physically we were a little bit jaded.”
It certainly wasn’t a good day at the office but with a tough trip to Goodison Park on the agenda we’ve no time to drop our heads and mope about it. Today was poor, Wednesday has to be better.
Wenger quotes courtesy of @Gingers4Limpar