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Wenger hits back as critics slam Arsenal collapse

Under-fire Gunners boss faces tough questions after lacklustre display in Carabao Cup final

01 March, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Arsene Wenger: ‘Will it stop you sleeping, that my position might not be certain or is certain? No’

UNDER-FIRE Gunners boss Arsene Wenger vehemently batted away any questions about his future this week, shrugging off the deluge of criticism as something that he just “has to live with”.

The lacklustre display that Wenger’s charges put in during Sunday’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final was yet another disappointment for supporters to digest.

Already this season they have witnessed such lowlights as Arsenal getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Nottingham Forest, and an embarrassing 2-1 defeat against Ostersunds FK in the Europa League.

That’s not to mention the gaping chasm in the Premier League between the north Londoners and champions-elect Manchester City.

Wenger, however, insists that his only focus is “the next game”, adding that talk about his position at the club isn’t interesting enough to keep people awake at night.

Continually quizzed about his future in Wednesday’s press conference, the Frenchman snapped: “Honestly, my position is the last worry I have. We are in that kind of situation where you only want to focus on the next game.

“I don’t ask if your position is reviewed at the end of the season. My job is to perform and it is for other people to evaluate.”

Asked if he could guarantee that he will still be in charge next season, Wenger added: “Will it stop you sleeping, that my position might not be certain or is certain? No.

“What is interesting in football is the performance. All the rest maybe makes headlines but it is not really interesting.

“I am amazed I have to answer about things that are exactly the same – I am here for 21 years and turned the world down to respect my contract.”

Arsenal’s display at Wembley came in for heavy criticism, something that Wenger says was to be expected.

The 68-year-old hinted, however, that some of the remarks were blown out of proportion. “We have to live with criticism. That is part of the modern game,” he said. “People who comment, their job is to comment. What is important is how we respond – analyse well and respond together in a united way.

“I’m quite amazed at how people analysed the game on Sunday. It looks like we lost against a team in Division Five – we lost against a team that dominates English football at the moment. We have to take a bit of perspective.”


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