Wenger is losing it: Fuming Arsenal boss turns on his players after Albion defeat

September 26th, 2010

Feeling the pressure: Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger, branded a ‘nutter’ by Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, tore into his young Arsenal team on Saturday night following their 3-2 defeat at home by West Bromwich Albion.

Wenger, one of the most protective managers in the Premier League, did not hide his anger and bewilderment at an abject Arsenal display on a day when leaders Chelsea lost 1-0 at Manchester City.

‘We got what we deserved,’ said the Frenchman. ‘We didn’t deserve anything more. We were not good enough.’

Wenger has endured a torrid week. He was banished to the stands in the Carling Cup win at Tottenham on Tuesday after being charged by the FA over his reaction to a late goal at Sunderland eight days ago, during which he pushed fourth official Martin Atkinson.

Then Redknapp highlighted the Frenchman’s apparently soaring stress levels when he labelled him one of the Premier League’s ‘key nutters’. Yesterday’s display by his team did nothing to calm him.

Wenger said: ‘It’s unexplainable. It was our first really bad performance of the season. I can’t explain how flat we were. I didn’t recognise my team.’ It was suggested that Chelsea’s defeat had presented Arsenal an opportunity of Premier League progress, but Wenger shrugged it off, saying: ‘I don’t need to look at the performances of the other teams when we play like that. We play Chelsea next week and obviously we will need to be much better.’

Error-prone goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saved a penalty but was glaringly at fault for two of the three Albion goals, although Wenger refused to pick him out for individual criticism.

‘I do not want to comment on individual performances,’ he said. ‘We were collectively poor. We were not at our usual level. Everything was difficult for us today. It’s a mystery.’

Albion manager Roberto di Matteo laughed when it was suggested that Albion might have designs on the top six places. ‘Top six!’ he said. ‘We have the second-lowest budget in the league. We had a fantastic day today – but you have to be realistic. Even so, it wasn’t as if we were lucky. We played some wonderful football.’


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