Arsene Wenger was obviously fuming after Arsenal were knocked out of the Capital One cup at Bradford last night. The reason he was angry, however, was because the reporter at the post match interview dared to suggest that the defeat was humiliating and the Arsenal players had not been good enough. Wenger barely managed a reply before storming off.
I hate to break it to you, Arsene, but it WAS humiliating and the Arsenal players were not good enough, ask any Arsenal fan, go on anybody. To be fair to Wenger, he selected a very strong side, much stronger than anybody expected, but that makes the abject performance even harder to take.
Wenger always defends his players to the hilt, but I think he needs to start laying down the law. He cannot let Arsenal players earning fortunes every week think that they are giving enough when they are outplayed by a division four side. Very few of the players should have escaped a blast from the manager but he refused to blame them.
“We did absolutely everything for 120 minutes and you have to give credit to Bradford.
“You feel embarrassed when you don’t give everything, I think they’ll be more disappointed and frustrated.
“It was a great cup tie on a tough pitch and I cannot fault the effort from my players. It was a typical English cup tie and Bradford got on top of us. They started stronger than us and congratulations to them.
“We played basically with five strikers but couldn’t score. You have to say they defended very, very well. In a cup tie, any team always has a chance.
“I don’t think there’s any psychological problem with the players when it comes to knockout ties. I don’t think it’s a lack of quality. We will get over this, it’s part of our job, and focus on the next game.”
Wenger suggested that the `slippery and difficult` pitch contributed to the result, but Bradford had to play on it as well. It is no excuse for poor defending, inability to pass the ball around and the filure to muster a single shot on target for 70 minutes.
It is time for Wenger to get tough and tell the players some uncomfortable home truths, otherwise he will take all the blame and Arsenal will not improve. Gervinho, Ramsey, Cazorla, Rosicky, Chamakh, Podolski, Rosicky, Vermaelen, Mertesacker and Sagna were all below par, way below par and they need to know it.