Arsene Wenger has accepted full responsibility for today’s shameful 6-0 thrashing by Chelsea. The Arsenal manager was hoping to mark his 1000th game in charge with a positive result, instead we were handed a defeat which was both embarrassing and demoralising.
Wenger eschewed the normal post-match press conference but spoke to various media outlets, and said the result and performance should be attributed to him.
“It was a nightmare and I take full responsibility for it. It leaves it in a very bad situation. But we want to respond. We had two difficult away games at Tottenham and Chelsea.
“If we had played two draws we’d have two points. Having won one we have three points. But today is a huge disappointment of course. When you don’t turn up in a game if this stature – nobody takes that easy.”
With much to consider, he wouldn’t be drawn on the specifics of what went wrong, but did tell French TV that he might have made a mistake with his starting line-up (again without going into details).
“I don’t believe it is the time to talk too much about that. The players are deeply disappointed as we all are. I think let us prepare for the next game
“What is important is to give a response on Tuesday night and that is it.”
This is the part of the story where we add something that might provide some light relief, but we can’t do that today.
Everybody associated with today’s game, manager, players and board, should hang their heads in shame. And while the buck ultimately stops with the manager, and he bears his share of the blame, some of the players who pulled on the Arsenal shirt today need to take a good long look at themselves, because they let themselves and the shirt down.
Now, time for beer.